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Alcohol&smoking during pregnancy.
« on: June 19, 2012, 11:00:40 AM »
Pregnancy Alcohol Facts: When you drink alcohol, it rapidly reaches your baby through your bloodstream and across the placenta.
->Women who drink over six units of alcohol per day are at risk of having babies with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Children born with FAS suffer from mental and growth retardation, behavioural problems, and facial and heart defects.
->Babies of women who drink more than two units of alcohol a day throughout their pregnancy are more likely to have more problems with learning speech, attention span, language, and hyperactivity than babies of women who did not drink.This is called Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE),severe than FAS, but the effects are still harmful.
Pregnancy Smoking Facts:
->Smoking More than half a pack a day may cause infertility or irregular menstrual cycles in women.
->Menopause often occurs earlier in women who smoke than in women who do not.
->Pregnant women pass any chemicals they take in (from food, tobacco, alcohol and so on) to their unborn children through the placenta.
->Women who smoke during pregnancy can slow down the baby's growth by reducing the amount of oxygen and increasing the amount of carbon monoxide that the baby receives during its brain and nervous system are developing.
->Babies born of mothers who smoke frequently during pregnancy are on the average 7 ounces lighter than other babies.
->Smoking while pregnant increases the chances of abortions (miscarriages) stillbirths and premature labor.
->Women who smoke have higher risks of giving birth to babies with birth defects or abnormalities.
->Mothers who smoke can pass nicotine to their children through breast milk.
->Infants born to mothers who smoke are more likely to develop colds, bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases such as asthma.