ALCOHOL AND PREGNANCY
Our world has changed in the last few years, and along with those changes, patterns of alcohol consumption have shifted. But that shift may not be the one you expect.
While much attention has been put on the use of mind-altering substances during pregnancy, new information shows that use of these substances, by either parent, before conception can impact brain development.
I was surfing through U.S. News the other day when I came across a news story that really caught my eye. U.S. News posted an article titled, “Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Pregnant Women Abusing Drugs is Not Child Abuse.”Having worked in addiction treatment most of my adult life, this story hit close to home for me.
Some pregnant women continue to use drugs or drink during pregnancy because they can’t stop themselves. Others don’t yet know they are pregnant or have never been educated on the risks. Learn what risks a pregnant woman using opioids, marijuana, alcohol or other drugs is really taking.
Alcohol use during pregnancy damages millions of children and costs hundreds of billions of dollars but this harm is almost completely overlooked by the media and health organizations.
Though it is a grim and miserable topic to discuss, it’s time we had a serious conversation about substance abuse and pregnancy.
Opinions have varied widely on when it’s acceptable for a pregnant woman to drink. It wasn’t until 1973 that researchers identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), that collection of symptoms that show up in newborns when mothers drink, usually heavily, during pregnancy.