It is a well-known fact that alcohol is a harmful addiction during pregnancy which can harm both the mother and baby. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. It can harm the baby at any stage of the pregnancy. It can cause miscarriage, poor growth, still birth, low birth weight, premature birth and many more other problems. It affects the brain development of the baby and can cause learning and behavioral issues in children. As the baby in the womb cannot metabolize alcohol effectively, it develops “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome” which is very detrimental.
How can pregnant women quit alcohol?
Some tips for alcohol-free pregnancy are as follows-
Plan your pregnancy – Go for a planned pregnancy so that you can give up alcohol beforehand and start taking your prenatal vitamins before becoming pregnant. Unplanned pregnancy has more risk of alcohol exposure to the baby.
Stay firm– Avoid any temptation and pressure from the people and stand by your decision to avoid alcohol.
Choose your company – Stay away from the company of people who are regular drinkers. Socialise with friends who are teetotallers.
Be open to help – Take help from your family and friends so that they help you to stay away from the vice.
Expect help from your partner – Ask help from your partner also to stay away from alcohol and support you in your endeavour.
Choose your meeting location carefully – Meet at a restaurant without a bar.
Choose non-alcoholic alternatives when on an outing – Non-alcoholic drinks like cocktails, mock tails, juices, iced tea, lemonade, yogurt drinks, milkshake, lassi, shikanji, coconut water etc are a few alternative drinks that you can have freely and safely with a lot of satisfaction
Eat Healthily- This will take care of any unnecessary cravings that you may have due to deficiency of nutrients and lack of protein in the diet. Consult a qualified dietitian to formulate a healthy diet plan customised according to your eating habits.
Exercise Daily– Exercise has a great role in keeping your body and mind healthy in a constructive way. Physical activity produces many stress relieving happy hormones in the body which help you break the addiction. Get addicted to exercise.
Avoid salty snacks which make you crave for alcohol – Choose your diet and eat healthily.
Take professional help if you feel that you are not able to cope – It is always better to seek help rather than keep things to yourself until they take an ugly turn
These are a few tips which can help you to abstain from a vice, but above all your will power and the intention to give the best to your baby is what will keep you motivated to stick to your decision. Your unborn baby deserves to be born with normal development so that it gets a good start early in life, later decisions can be good or bad but the baby should not suffer because of any unmindful decision on your part.