American Academy of Pediatrics: Don’t drink any alcohol during pregnancy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  How much alcohol is safe to drink when you’re pregnant? It’s a question on the minds of new mom’s-to-be.

You’ve heard it before: It’s “okay” to have a drink socially when you’re pregnant. Well now, the message from the American Academy of Pediatrics is crystal clear. If you’re pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.

Rina Das Eiden, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions. She studies development in children born to parents with addictions.  She says when you drink, you face a greater risk of giving birth to a child with disabilities.
“You could say, well drink moderately, or drink small amounts. But, we don’t really know if there is a threshold below which it’s safe to drink. So in the absence of that knowledge, it’s better to be safe and not drink at all,” she said.

The study says compares first-trimester drinking to no drinking.  Drinking results in 12 times the odds of a mother giving birth to a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. First- and second-trimester drinking increased the odds 61 times.
Women who drink during all trimesters increased their likelihood by 65. Eiden said, “Those children are at a higher risk for low birth weight , premature retardation, things like that.”

This warning applies to women trying to get pregnant too. Eiden said, “We know first trimester drinking, which could include the time before you realize that you’re pregnant, can have affects on the baby. So it’s safer to not drink at all.”
But if you’re struggling with an alcohol addiction, Eiden says there are resources like The New York State Quit Line and The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. There are local resources available on these websites.

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