Alcohol and Pregnancy

Drunk Baby Born ’15 Times’ Over the Limit

A baby girl, born Monday in Poland, had a blood alcohol level of 0.29 percent, almost 15 times over the country‘s adult drunk-driving limit of 0.02 percent, according to a report.

In the U.S., the adult drunk-driving limit is 0.08.

Doctors at a hospital in Otwock, on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, called the police after the drunk expectant mother checked in to give birth.

The 38-year-old mother’s blood alcohol level was 0.12 percent, which is the equivalent of drinking a bottle of wine, according to the report.

The mother could face up to five years in prison on charges of endangering the life and health of her child, it is reported. Doctors said the baby is not in immediate danger, but the alcohol may impact her development.

Last summer I was shocked to write about another Polish baby that was tested 12 hours after he was born and found to have a blood-alcohol level six times the legal limit for driving.


Who drinks a bottle of wine when they are 40 weeks pregnant?

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Lisa Arneill

Mom of 2 boys and founder of and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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  • this is very sad! just a thought though, do you think she may have decided to drink to numb the pain of labour? some people make very silly decisions(especially when very hormonal?)

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