Drink responsibly: alcohol and pregnancy

To drink alcohol during pregnancy can be dangerous for the unborn babies. Actually, alcohol, can reach the foetus, through the placenta, in a concentration a bit lower than that found in the maternal blood.

The alcohol effects, also in low quantity, are very harmful for the foetal cells and tissues, that are developing. The risk, which is higher in the first months of pregnancy, is that the newborn might suffer from malformations (especially brain malformations) at birth. It is not possible to set a “safe” dose of alcohol during pregnancy, as there are many individual variables. Therefore, it is advisable to completely abstain form alcohol during the nine months of pregnancy, with a particular care in the first weeks.

Alcohol abstention has to be continued also during breast-feeding, as the alcohol directly reaches mother’s milk, without any filter.