Alcohol Not Good During Pregnancy; Leads To Birth Defects: Study

In a new study researchers have found any drop of alcohol among pregnant women may lead to preventable cause of birth defects. American Academy of Pediatrics says parental exposure to the drink is not safe during any trimester of pregnancy.

New report of the academy adds beer, liquor, wine and all the forms of alcohol poses similar risk to the developing fetus.

The researchers said even though they have found in their survey most women cut out alcohol during pregnancy, but there are small percentages who continue consuming alcohol. Also, it is found an even smaller percentage goes for binge drink.

Details of the report titled “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders” were published in the only edition of Pediatrics journal on October 19.

A professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Janet F. Williams, said on of the reasons for publishing the new report is some other recent studies have suggested lower levels of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.

Dr Williams was the lead authors of one of the reports. He said they do not agree with studies that say alcohol is safe during pregnancy as there are more evidence that points toward the dangers of it.

He added further studies of more than thirty years have connected to alcohol with birth defects. With the recent advanced technology subtle effects of parental alcohol exposure has also been detected in the fetus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says such defects may affect kidneys, bones, heart and hearing of the new born.