Essay about The Effects Of Drinking During Pregnancy

1428 Words May 1st, 2015 6 Pages
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence believe that there is confusion about drinking during pregnancy. (British Medical Association. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders London: BMA, 200) Fetal alcohol disorders may occur in women who consume alcohol any time during pregnancy. Such as still birth, miscarriages, low birth weight babies and infertility are effects of drinking while pregnant. (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Alcohol consumption and the outcomes of pregnancyLondon: RCOG, 2006) Alcohol is a tetragons, which is something that harms the baby. The developing baby doesn’t have a blood filtration system, its unprotected from the alcohol in the blood stream. However, the amount of damage depends on the level of alcohol consumed, the pattern of exposure, and the stage of pregnancy. (Riley EP, McGee CL. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: an overview with emphasis on changes in brain and behaviour. Exp Biol Med 2005;230:357-65.) However, there are a lot of debates about consuming small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy. Some researchers performed experiments on animals and concluded that small amounts of alcohol can cause damage to the central nervous system. (Mukherjee RAS, Hollnis S, Turk J. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: an overview. J R Soc Med 2006;99:298-302) Another study was done on 6-7 year olds that proved their behavior was related to low levels of prenatal alcohol consumption. Further more, researches also found that…

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