Does Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy Increase the Chances of Premature Birth?

When it comes to the health of their unborn children,Photo of premature baby receiving medical care many expectant mothers are searching for answers as to whether what they eat or drink during pregnancy will have positive or negative health effects on their babies. While in another blog post we reviewed the proper diet mothers should eat to help prevent premature labor, other important questions soon-to-be moms are asking and getting mixed answers about include:

  • Could drinking alcohol while I am pregnant hurt my baby, even if it is a small amount?
  • What types of injuries could drinking alcohol during pregnancy cause my child?

Academic Study About the Effects of Alcohol on Unborn Children

A recent study from researchers at Leeds University delved into what constitutes a safe level of alcohol consumption for pregnant mothers or for those who plan to become pregnant. The study concluded that for women who had three drinks per week early on in their pregnancy, their chances of delivering prematurely doubled. These newborns were also found to be very small and susceptible for a number of other health problems that affect preemie babies. This includes the devastating retinal disease retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which affects infants who are born at or before 30 weeks of gestation or weigh less than 3 pound at birth.

For the health of your child, it is best to err on the side of preventing possible injuries by not consuming alcohol before or during your pregnancy. For more information, it is best to consult with the medical professional overseeing your child’s development.

My Doctor Failed to Screen My Baby for ROP

The Shapiro Law Group is devoted to making sure expecting mothers everywhere know about the health risks associated with babies born prematurely. As one of the leading law firms in North America that focuses on assisting children and families affected by ROP blindness, we can help determine if medical malpractice is the cause of your child’s vision problems. When detected early and in a timely manner, ROP is completely preventable. Reach out to us for a complimentary case review, or leave us a comment on this blog post or on our Facebook page. We will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your best legal options.

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