Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is probably one of the most debated topics in the United States regarding pregnancy health and safety. While some physicians say that a few drinks are okay, others say that no amount of alcohol is safe. Why the controversy?
Fetal alcohol syndrome, a disorder that is classified by abnormalities such as a smaller than normal head circumference, low birth weight, altered eye and lip shape and mental or neurological complications. It is a condition that is caused through alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Many women know the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. New guidelines, however, are encouraging doctors to talk to women about how much they drink before they even become pregnant. Is this simple health precautions, or an attempt to control women’s actions?