Dr. Michele Brown OB/GYN
You are all dressed up and ready to leave for the annual holiday party at your office, at your neighbor’s home, or maybe with family. The holidays are so special, festive and romantic, but this year there is a heightened sense of excitement because… you are pregnant.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, the age old question raises itself along with the clink of glasses — can I join in the festivities with family and friends by having an alcoholic drink to celebrate. Maybe just one?
The general rule has always been to avoid alcohol in pregnancy. The prevalence of alcohol use in pregnancy is estimated to be roughly 12.2% with 1.9% reporting binge drinking. Women have been shown to have a tendency to underestimate their alcohol consumption during pregnancy which often underestimates the fetal exposure also. Factors associated with alcohol use in pregnancy include education level, income level, temptation to drink in social situations, previous drinking history prior to the pregnancy and history of drinking at initiation of prenatal care.
High levels of chronic heavy prenatal alcohol consumption or frequent heavy intermittent use is a known cause of birth defects commonly referred to as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Among the characteristics of this condition are...
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