What are the effects of dry gin on pregnancy? The use of dry gin, an alcoholic drink has been on the rise among pregnant women especially here in Nigeria.
Just few days ago, I went to market to buy some items and I met a pregnant woman who requested for dry gin. According to her “It kills infections and helps keep the body warm. Please give me one sachet.”
Based on her assumption however, I decided to research on the possible effects of dry gin on pregnancy as a health & wellness blogger.
However, I wish to share this very knowledge so that pregnant women who are not properly informed and potential ones will know some of the effects of taking alcoholic drinks during pregnancy especially dry gin.
- Taking Dry Gin Can Lead To Stillbirths
Research suggests that alcohol such as dry gin during pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery (as below), and sudden infant death syndrome.
A stillbirth is the death of a baby in the womb after week 20 of the mother’s pregnancy. Stillbirth simply means to born a baby dead.
- It Can Lead To Premature Delivery
A study on birth outcomes of more than 40,000 pregnancies showed that an alcohol consumption of seven or more drinks per week during pregnancy was associated with a slightly increased risk of preterm delivery (preterm is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed).
However, taking dry gin leads to premature birth which is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby’s estimated due date (EDD).
- It Can Lead To Pregnancy Loss or Miscarriage
Drin gin is an alcoholic drink and can cause miscarriage or pregnancy loss. There is no doubt that some women opt to use dry gin in order to abort unwanted pregnancy.
Actually, pregnant women who take dry gin stand a chance of having pregnant loss or miscarriage and it’s advised not to take it.
- It Can Lead To Congenital Malformation
Congenital anomalies are also known as birth defects, congenital disorders or congenital malformations. In simple terms, congenital refers to the existence at or before birth.
A study showed that even low doses of alcohol or dry gin consumption during pregnancy may increase the risk of congenital malformation or anomalies among offspring and this risk increases with increasing levels of alcohol exposure.
Examples include heart defects such as hole, cleft lip and palate, spina bifida formed when spinal cord don’t form properly, limb defects, Down syndrome, imperforate anus, and deaf.
- It Can Lead To Gastritis And Stomach Ulcer
Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining and taking dry gin can cause gastritis by irritating the lining of the stomach.
Gastritis can happen while you are drinking, causing pain and sickness. Gastritis can also be a long-lasting condition.
On the other hand, regardless of the details, one fact remains: alcohol abuse can contribute to a painful sore in the stomach.
Whether or not drinking alcohol is causing a person’s ulcer, science has concluded that drinking it doesn’t help an ulcer heal.
In fact, drinking dry gin when one has an ulcer can actually make the condition worse.
- It Can Damage Both The Liver And Kidney
It’s well-recorded that drinking alcohol can also cause liver disease. This adds to the kidney’s job.
Alcohol or dry gin add toxic to your liver and kidney and could damage it permanently. Also, talking dry gin when pregnant can lead liver and kidney failure too.
- It Can Lead To Feotal Alcohol Syndrome
Feotal or fetal alcohol syndrome commonly known as FAS is a condition in a child that results from alcohol exposure during the mother’s pregnancy.
Fetal alcohol syndrome causes brain damage and growth problems.
The problems caused by fetal alcohol syndrome vary from child to child, but defects caused by fetal alcohol syndrome are NOT REVERSIBLE.
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