Nonalcoholic beer and wine during pregnancy

Nonalcoholic beer and wine during pregnancy
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Pregnancy is no doubt one of the life’s biggest joys and event, but a lot of precautions come with the state of being pregnant that at times it can end up frustrating the pregnant woman. One common habit that pregnant women have to drop is the intake of alcoholic beverages like beer and wine. Most people usually ask if it is really necessary to quit these drinks during pregnancy or rather limit the quantity taken in. Some even go ahead and ask what exactly alcohol does to the unborn baby that causes it to be shunned upon this much. Well for these answers and more just keep reading, you will be happy with the result surely.

Some women have resorted to drinking non-alcoholic beer and red wine during pregnancy as a replacement for the actual good stuff. What these women do not know is that these drinks actually do contain alcohol and can harm the unborn baby if drank in excess! We will talk about that later in the article, let us first find out what alcohol does to the unborn baby.

Are beer and wine safe for pregnancy?

Well, the honest truth is the answer to this question is very controversial and you should always follow what your doctor says. Some doctors will allow you to drink one or two glasses of wine per week while some recommend an occasional glass, some of course say ZERO alcohol! The general rule is, whatever your doctor says you should do that, he or she knows what’s best for you. However, there is nonalcoholic beer and wine that you can take during the length of your pregnancy, more on that later, first, we need to talk about the effects of alcohol on your unborn baby so you know exactly the risks involved.


The risk of drinking alcoholic beverages during pregnancy

A lot of research and study has been done to investigate the effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The result concluded that the eventual effects of alcohol on the unborn baby are closely linked to the quantity of alcohol consumed. The studies concluded that heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages during pregnancy leads to birth defects. The mechanism of this effect is a bit complex to explain here but all you should know is that the birth defects are closely related to the amount of alcohol you take in. Other studies have added miscarriages on to that list especially if the alcohol is consumed after 8 weeks of pregnancy. Other risks associated with heavy alcohol drinking include speech and language delays, learning disabilities, abnormal facial features, small head size, and many other problems.

So how much alcohol is considered as heavy drinking?

According to physicians, there is no specific amount of alcohol that can be said to be safe for pregnancy. Each individual is different as such the responsibility of recommending alcohol intake lies with the pregnant woman’s treating doctor. The majority of people are allowed one or two glasses of an alcoholic beverage per week.

What should you do?

Well, be a good spot and listen to your doctor!! After all, it’s only for 9 months and you will be free to do as you please unless of course you are breastfeeding which is a discussion for another day. Alternatively, if you really need to keep drinking, you can make use of nonalcoholic beer and wine readily available in the supermarkets but after making sure it does indeed contain zero percent alcohol and ethanol. You can do this by reading the label and nutritional value table.

Nonalcoholic beer and wine for pregnant women

In as much as it may sound safe to drink nonalcoholic beers and wine during pregnancy, you should also not that these beverages still contain a certain percentage of alcohol and some of them actually have more alcohol content than your typical beer.

The name “nonalcoholic” is misleading on its own as these drinks generally contain higher ethanol levels than what is actually represented on the labels.

So the take home point is that you should read the labels first, most of these so-called non-alcoholic beverages do indeed contain some alcohol in them.


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