Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
4 Oct 2021
9:00 am

Drinking while pregnant places a great risk to your unborn baby

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

The problems caused by foetal alcohol syndrome vary from child to child, but defects caused are not treatable or reversible.

Woman with red wine during pregnancy. Picture: iStock

There is no amount of alcohol that’s known to be safe to consume during pregnancy. If you drink during pregnancy, you place your baby at risk of foetal alcohol syndrome. This is a condition in a child that results from alcohol exposure during the mother’s pregnancy. The syndrome causes brain damage and growth problems. The problems caused by foetal alcohol syndrome vary from child to child, but defects caused are not treatable or reversible. If you suspect your child has foetal alcohol syndrome, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis may help reduce problems such as learning...