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Alcohol and Pregnancy

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is not in your best interest. Babies who are exposed prenatally can develop fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and other serious medical problems. It is researched and proven that alcohol increases the risk of miscarriage. So why risk the life of your child, when it’s not even born. Women who drink during pregnancy do that at their own risk, but why take a chance. Instead stop consuming alcohol if you plan to conceive. Children born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders might develop:

  • Abnormal facial features, such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip (this ridge is called the philtrum)
  • Small head size
  • Shorter-than-average height
  • Low body weight
  • Poor coordination
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Difficulty with attention
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty in school (especially with math)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech and language delays
  • Intellectual disability or low IQ
  • Poor reasoning and judgment skills
  • Sleep and sucking problems as a baby
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Problems with the heart, kidney, or bones