On February 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release updating its health guidelines regarding women and drinking. According to the press release, more than three million women are currently at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancy. Due to the seriousness of these new guidelines, alcohol rehab centers from San Diego to the East Coast are increasing their efforts to educate women about the risks associated with drinking while pregnant.
Healthcare Providers Focus on Educating Public
The report also stated that three out of every four women who intend on becoming pregnant typically do not stop drinking when they discontinue birth control. As a result, healthcare providers, addiction therapists and alcohol rehab centers are focusing their efforts toward raising awareness about these types of pregnancies while simultaneously taking measures to prevent them. Addiction treatment centers in major cities such as San Diego are investing both time and resources into addressing the current issue of drinking while pregnancy.
CDC Says Alcohol Permanently Harms Developing Fetus
“Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant,” stated CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. in the press release. Some of the repercussions involved with drinking while pregnant—even within the first couple of weeks—can put the baby at risk for physical, behavioral and intellectual disabilities.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are one of the biggest consequences of drinking while pregnant—and something that the CDC and alcohol rehab centers from San Diego to the East Coast are also actively working to halt.
No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy, Study Finds
According to the CDC’s report, it is never safe to drink at any point in a pregnancy. “Every woman who is pregnant of trying to get pregnant—and her partner—want a healthy baby. But they may not be aware that drinking any alcohol at any stage of pregnancy can cause a range of disabilities for their child,” states Coleen Boyle, Ph.D., director of CDC’s Natural Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.