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Dr. Christina Chambers of the University of California, San Diego, conducted a study of 992 pregnant women during the first trimester, who consumed alcohol. Some of the women were heavy drinkers and others drank in moderation, but all drank before and during their first trimester.
This is one of the few studies that have ever been conducted on this subject. Chambers’
determination from the study was that only during the second half of the first trimester
is a fetus 25 percent more likely to be born with facial abnormalities if the mother
is consuming alcohol. Chambers went on to say that every woman is different, one
woman could drink a six-
You have made it past the first trimester; your doctor has relieved your anxiety by letting you know that it should be smooth sailing from here. He also mentions that going home and relaxing with an occasional, small glass of wine can help ease pregnancy tension. Seeing that your doctor is giving permission, it must be safe. Right? Not so fast. The Surgeon General states that any amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy, at any stage, can have detrimental effects on an unborn baby. So, when a doctor tells you that it is ok to have an occasional glass of wine, he is taking into account your overall health and the current health of your unborn child, your medical history and his own personal experience of caring for pregnant women over the years. Your doctor does not know if you will harm your unborn baby. Never in medical history has there been a study conducted that establishes a safe level of drinking during pregnancy.
At the University of Washington in 2012, researcher Dr. Susan Astley developed a standard which would help in making a diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) at birth with 95 percent accuracy. The physical traits of the newborn must be examined by a specialist called a dysmorphologist. The traits are often very slight physical malformations including, a shallow or smooth depression under the nose, a noticeable thinner upper lip and small or narrow eyes.
Dr. Haruna Sawada, a research scientist at UCSD, California, began studying the results
of the Feldman Study, California, which tracked the development of 992 children born
to light and heavy drinkers from the years 1978 to 2005. Alcohol intake was examined
at various levels in order to better know how wine may impact the baby at various
stages throughout a pregnancy. By using Dr. Astley’s standard for determining FAS,
four of the 992 children were diagnosed with FAS. Since the Feldman study did not
include a control group of non-
Perhaps, a good start would be to get one group of drinking mothers and one group
Is it safe to drink wine during pregnancy, is a question not easily answered. There is no scientific evidence stating that one or two glasses of wine during a pregnancy will definitely harm your unborn baby. However, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) women who consumed alcohol heavily before pregnancy and during the gestation period can potentially suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, damage to internal organs, and depression. Consequently, the fetus could develop with physical defects, have a low birth weight, hyperactivity and decreased attention span. This information is not a scientific finding and is only referred to as theory.
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