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Drinking a little alcohol early in pregnancy may be okay
- By: Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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I jst found out that am pregnant after 2months cause I waz still going to my periods and I waz drinking by then. Am willing to stop drinking since I found out about this but I want to know if I already affected my baby?
I found the contents of this article to be extremely helpful to me. I am currently 8 weeks pregnant and have now decided to stop drinking alcohol until I have given birth. Thank u.
I would have to disagree with this study. My first wife drank moderately while she was pregnant with my twins and my son has health problems that I attribute to alcohol.
I think it is better to stay away from drinking alcohol during pregnancy in order to avoid any risk to the fetus.
thanks for the newest info. i drink occasionally before i found out that im 8weeks preg. and now im 28th weeks preg and i love my baby boy .. i really pray hard for my baby,s health.
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I found this article very helpful but only to relieve women who find out they’re pregnant rather late. Other than that drinking during pregnancy should not be encouraged in any way, there just isn’t enough research to support that its safe. After one drink a persons judgement is altered to where they can easily have a second or third drink, its a bad idea.
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I absolutely agree! I have been observing the situation. My thought (unproven) is that FAS hits the next generation, not the initial.
Mary drinks during pregnancy and gives birth to a healthy baby girl, Joyce. Joyce drinks during pregnancy and may give birth to a healthy baby girl, Darlene. Darlene drinks during pregnancy and gives birth to a child with FAS.
I believe that alcohol during pregnancy might damage DNA. But there are also many environmental causes to damaged DNA.
I would like to see further research done on this. I believe there is a different truth out there.
I’m disappointed that Harvard would even take time to acknowledge a study like this. I don’t think any women should be drinking while pregnant, even if it is one drink per day. An ordinary person has a different perception on what one drink means. For one person it can mean 12 oz while others it can be more like 24 oz. I think putting this study out there while there is not an approved safe amount of alcohol for women may promote or encourage women to drink while pregnant.
I think it is better to stay away from drinking alcohol during pregnancy in order to avoid any risk to the fetus This is my opinion
I am so disappointed to see that Harvard Medical spreading information that could cause a lifetime brain damage to a fetus and jeopardizing international effort leaded by NIAAA! The study mentioned in the article is still unpublished and if it would be published it will get its harvest. Majority of studies around the World show us that we are severely underestimating this risk. Yes, there is chance to have a healthy looking baby and the rest of your lives wonder why he or she behaves so unsocial. And weather this kids could become Einstein, Curie or Mozart if only Mom was not surrounded by “kindly permissive” media and aggressive alcohol advertising.
This information is good to reduce worry for woman who just realized pregnant.
Other wise, alcohol is still not good.
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