Is smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy really that bad?
Not only can smoking put you and your baby at an increased risk of complications such as placenta previa, premature birth or low birth weight, but even passive smoking can be risky. It has been shown that babies exposed to smoke or raised in homes of smokers have an increased incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Drinking can have a damaging effect on the unborn baby causing Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). It increases the chances of a miscarriage, premature birth, and can also lead to birth defects, mental problems, slow growth, disfigurement of the face, and more.
Just a single glass of wine, won't really make a difference, will it?
When you drink alcohol, it instantly reaches the baby through the blood stream. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy may result in Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, lower birth weight, physical deformities, mental retardation, and motor development complications. There is no data to support a safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Therefore, medical experts recommend avoiding alcohol completely during pregnancy.