Alcohol is one of the most common stimulants. However, your unborn child will suffer the consequences. Drinking a lot of alcohol usually influences eating habits. If you drink while you are pregnant, you are also harming your child. It might even lead to a miscarriage. Any alcohol consumed by the mother goes directly through the placenta to the unborn child. The consequences are huge, both before and after the birth. Babies forced to share the alcohol consumption of their mothers are often too small at birth and will most likely not make up for it at a later age. The central nervous system might be damaged, as well as the organs, such as the hart. The child might also suffer from ocular defects. Especially if the mother drinks a lot of alcohol for an extended period, the child is at serious risk for these and other defects. That is why we advise against drinking alcohol when you’re pregnant.
Drinking one or more glasses of alcohol a day can reduce the fertility of both men and women. Women who drink 0.2 to 1 glass of alcohol a day are 40% less likely to get pregnant within the next 6 months compared to women who don’t drink. The consumption of alcohol during the weeks before and after the impregnation increases the risks of a miscarriage and fetal death. The more both partners drink, the bigger the risk.