Ladies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issues an urgent warming to women — DO NOT drink alcohol if you’re not using any form of contraception! The scary new facts state that alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby even before a woman knows she is pregnant!
Listen, girls, if you’re of child-bearing age and are opting to not use contraceptives, you need to avoid alcohol. The CDC has released this new recommendation in order to reduce the number of babies born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, which range from birth defects to death by fetal alcohol syndrome.
It used to be that once you found out you were pregnant, you are not to drink any alcohol, Well, now the CDC is stating you shouldn’t be drinking ANY alcohol at all, if there is any chance you could get pregnant! In a new statement, the CDC estimates 3.3 million women between ages 15 to 44 are at risk of exposing a developing fetus to alcohol because they drink, are sexually active and not using birth control. Wow, that is insanely high! “About half of all US pregnancies are unplanned and, even if planned, most women do not know they are pregnant until they are 4-6 weeks into the pregnancy.”
“This means a woman might be drinking and exposing her developing baby to alcohol without knowing it. It is recommended that women who are pregnant or might be pregnant not drink alcohol at all. FASDs do not occur if a developing baby is not exposed to alcohol before birth.” Even within those first few weeks of pregnancy, mothers can cause “lasting physical, behavioral and intellectual disabilities that can last for a child’s lifetime,” health officials state.
“Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant,” states Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “About half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and even if planned, most women won’t know they are pregnant for the first month or so, when they might still be drinking.” She went on to add, “The risk is real. Why take the chance?” If you think having a single glass or two of alcohol is safe, the CDC wants to make it clear that that is not the case. “There is no known safe amount of alcohol – even beer or wine – that is safe for a woman to drink at any stage of pregnancy.”