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Is the risk for significant brain damage to the baby higher with binge drinking in early pregnancy?
The heaviest of the binge drinking was at the beginning of the third week after I conceived (so about maybe 16 or 17 days after I conceived)
As a pediatrician, would you be alarmed to know about heavy alcohol exposure through early in the third week after conception, but not after that?
So any drinking, no matter how heavy, in the first three weeks after conception will not likely cause a problem for the baby?
At what point does drinking alcohol likely become a problem? I have stopped drinking but am wondering where the line is, where it becomes a likely harm
Ok. But to clarify, it is your opinion that heavy or binge drinking within a few days after a missed period would not likely cause brain damage, that it would be more likely to cause a miscarriage?
Yes. I saw the OB within a week of the positive pregnancy test. I had an early ultrasound at 5 weeks and a few days, which showed no heartbeat, but that was due to early gestation. I had another ultrasound about a week later, and we had a heartbeat by then.
Should I mention the heavy drinking to my child's pediatrician?
I know that is awhile from now, but I'm wondering if it would be better to get it out there
Ok. So even though the heavy drinking before I knew I was pregnant is not likely to have caused serious harm I should still disclose it if asked. Is that because there might still be problems related to the drinking, just in case?
(sorry, I think that is my last followup question)
Absolutely. I just wanted to be sure I understood why that question would be asked. I've been very honest with my OB about the drinking and would plan on doing the same with the pediatrician.
Thank you so much, you've been very helpful.