Shocking: 1 in 9 American Women Drink While Pregnant, Study Shows
It seems like common sense that you’re not supposed to drink while you’re carrying a baby as the negative effects that it can have on your unborn child are undeniably negative. However, according to a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 9 women from the U.S. don’t seem to have gotten the memo on the detrimental side effects drinking may have while pregnant. Keep reading to learn more about this study and to learn about why drinking while pregnant is strongly advised against.
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1 in 9 American Women Drink While Pregnant, Study Finds
According to a study published on April 26, 2019, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has been found that 1 out of every 9 women aged 18 through 44 have admitted to drinking while they were pregnant. Numbers show that in 2010, there were roughly 6.4 million pregnancies, with about 4 million of those leading to the successful live birth of a child. Using those figures, that means about 711,040 women drank while pregnant in 2010.
Out of all of the women surveyed, 3.9 percent have admitted to indulging in binge drinking within the past 30 days of the survey. These high numbers are absolutely shocking. 3.9 percent gives us a rough number of 249,600 women who would have been binge drinking while pregnant in the U.S.
The Facts About Drinking While Pregnant
Would you give your child alcohol directly once they were born? Every sane mother I know would say no! At least not until they were old enough to have a glass of wine at dinner time with the family, for many European cultures this starts around the ages 13-16.
Birth defects, impaired intellectual development and behavioral problems are among some of the risks that you put your child at risk if you make the descision to drink while you are pregant. Even worse, the risk of you having a stillbirth or miscarriage while pregnant also becomes higher by drinking while carrying.
When you eat delicious leafy greens packed with vitamins, this goes directly to the baby through you. When you take prenatal vitamins, this benefits your changing body and your baby. When you drink? The alcohol also goes directly to the baby like anything else you consume would. It’s important to look out for your unborn child’s best interest and unfortunately, science shows that drinking isn’t part of that plan.
Don’t worry, future moms, virgin cocktails exist and you’ll get to live out your wine-mom drinks once your baby has arrived!
How do you feel about this study showing that 1 in 9 American women drink while pregnant? Do you know anyone who has done this? Let me know in the comments below.