Posts Tagged ‘baby’s development’

Alcohol during pregnancy and FASDs

Friday, September 7th, 2012

pregnant-bellySeptember 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Awareness Day. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause FASDs, which include a wide range of physical and mental disabilities and lasting emotional and behavioral problems in a child.

When you drink alcohol during pregnancy, so does your baby. The same amount of alcohol that is in your blood is also in your baby’s blood. The alcohol in your blood quickly passes through the placenta and to your baby through the umbilical cord.

Although your body is able to manage alcohol in your blood, your baby’s little body isn’t. Your liver works hard to break down the alcohol in your blood. But your baby’s liver is too small to do the same and alcohol can hurt your baby’s development. That’s why alcohol is much more harmful to your baby than to you during pregnancy. No amount of alcohol (one glass of wine, a beer…) is proven safe to drink during pregnancy.

Alcohol can lead your baby to have serious health conditions, FASDs. The most serious of these is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Fetal alcohol syndrome can seriously harm your baby’s development, both mentally and physically.  Alcohol can also cause your baby to:
• Have birth defects (heart, brain and other organs)
• Vision or hearing problems
• Be born too soon (preterm)
• Be born at low birthweight
• Have learning disabilities (including intellectual disabilities)
• Have sleeping and sucking problems
• Have speech and language delays
• Have behavioral problems

In order to continue raising awareness about alcohol use during pregnancy and FASDs, the CDC has posted a feature telling one woman’s story and her challenges with her son who has FASD. It’s an eye opener. The CDC’s FASD website has lots more information, too.

Postpartum recovery

Monday, March 29th, 2010

During pregnancy I was fascinated by my growing belly.  I loved reading about how my body was changing and about my baby’s development week by week.  I bought and borrowed every book I could get my hands on with regard to breastfeeding, labor, delivery and newborn care.  I felt informed and prepared for what lied ahead.  Boy was I wrong!  It seemed like everything I read ended with the third stage of labor.  I felt extremely unprepared for the postpartum recovery period. The swelling, the sweating, the bleeding, the cramping, the emotions and the exhaustion!  Good grief.  I wish I had a conversation with my doctor about what to expect after delivery.  Did you feel this way?  Check out our video on postpartum discomforts.