Consuming alcohol, even occasionally, during or before pregnancy is very risky. It is advisable to completely stop alcohol intake, at least, three months prior to conceiving. Alcohol directly affects the hormones secreted by the adrenal glands leading to impairment in egg heath and libido.
Alcohol mixes with the blood in the body very quickly and takes time to be eliminated completely from the system. It is high in sugar content and excessive sugar in the body leads to hormonal imbalance, reduced resistance to yeast infections, reduced immunity and loss of vitamins and minerals. In men, much like smoking, it reduces sperm count which is crucial for fertilisation. Thus, both parents must refrain from consuming alcohol while planning for their baby.
During pregnancy, alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited as it seriously affects the growth of the baby. The liver is the last organ that develops in a baby’s body and the baby cannot process alcohol as an adult does. Hence, it gravely affects the developmental process in your baby.
Another serious condition that develops as a result of alcohol consumption by pregnant mothers is Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). It is a specific symptom under the umbrella head of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). This leads to poor growth, learning disabilities and facial abnormalities in the baby. It also affects brain development and the central nervous system of the baby.
Consumption of alcohol during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. Even little amounts of it can pose a serious threat to the healthy growth and development of your baby. Most effects of alcohol consumption by pregnant mothers are seen only years after birth and not immediately after birth. Hence, alcohol is a strict no-no.