How alcohol leads to birth defects – clues from embryo heart images

Scientists have found a way to image the very early development of the embryonic heart in research that may help them to explain how drinking alcohol in pregnancy can lead to heart defects at the baby’s birth. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Alcohol use before pregnancy linked to intestinal birth defect

Women should refrain from drinking alcohol before they try to become pregnant, according to maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Alcohol is associated with an increased risk for mental delays, cardiac anomalies and facial clefting in babies. In a recent study, researchers also found that alcohol is linked to gastroschisis, a birth defect of the baby’s abdominal wall. […]

Why Alcohol Makes You Fat

by Kevin DiDonato, MS, CSCS, CES It is Friday night. You are meeting co-workers for a special time. This hour some people set their clocks for during the day. Everyone arrives and the evening begins. There are specials and half… No visits yet The post Why Alcohol Makes You Fat appeared first on Her Fitness […]

An under-recognized issue that may be on the rise: fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

The open-access International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research has released a special issue on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), with the intention of increasing awareness of the negative effects of alcohol use in pregnancy and improving prevention, treatment and care for those living with FASD. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Poor oxytocin development could be to blame for alcohol and drug addiction

New research from the University of Adelaide in Australia suggests that poor development of oxytocin in early childhood may explain why some individuals succumb to addictive behavior, such as alcohol or drug abuse.Oxytocin, more commonly referred to as the “love hormone,” is known to play an important role in partnership, social interaction and maternal behavior. […]

Early pregnancy alcohol linked to heightened premature, small baby risk

Drinking alcohol during the first three months of pregnancy may heighten the risk of having a premature or unexpectedly small baby, suggests research. Drinking during the period leading up to conception was also linked to a higher risk of restricted fetal growth, this study shows, indicating that this may also be a critical period, suggest […]

Early pregnancy alcohol linked to heightened premature and small baby risk

Drinking alcohol during the first three months of pregnancy may heighten the risk of having a premature or unexpectedly small baby, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.In the UK the Department of Health recommends that pregnant women and those trying to conceive should not drink alcohol at all and […]

New research reinforces danger of drinking alcohol while pregnant

Women who drink alcohol at moderate or heavy levels in the early stages of their pregnancy might damage the growth and function of their placenta – the organ responsible for supplying everything that a developing infant needs until birth – research at The University of Manchester shows. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Day 7: cut down on alcohol

Eating clean also means drinking clean. You can still have some alcohol if you want—but stay within the recommended daily limit of one drink for women and two for men. One drink equals 5 ounces of wine, 1½ ounces of liquor or 12 ounces of beer. Recipe to Try: Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs EatingWell Blogs […]

Study on pregnancy and alcohol fails to take psychological factors into account

“It is OK to drink a little bit of alcohol during pregnancy” or “a pregnant woman should not touch alcohol at all during her pregnancy”. These statements represent the contradictory conclusions that large population studies on pregnancy and alcohol can reach. Psychologist Janni Niclasen has just defended her PhD thesis on the subject at the […]