Alcohol is a toxin and travels easily through the placenta to your baby. It is common for a pregnant woman to have had some alcohol in early pregnancy prior to realizing that she was pregnant.
In most cases, if the consumption was low, there is often very little effect seen with the baby. However, there is no exact relationship between the amount you drank and the effect it may have on your baby. Even smaller amounts might have an effect although less likely than if you drank a lot of alcohol.
Alcohol can affect your baby’s facial development, neurological development and cause stunted growth and other growth problems. In heavy drinkers it can even cause stillbirths.
So what should you do?
Stop drinking any more alcohol for the rest of your pregnancy. Talk to your medical health provider about your consumption prior to getting pregnant and get an early ultrasound to get an accurate gestational age as well as discuss the need to do an anatomical ultrasound at around 5 months to evaluate your baby’s anatomy.
Your medical health provider might also want to see you more frequently during the pregnancy. Finally, if you are having problems stopping drinking, do talk to your medical health provider about getting some help with it. They are there to help you.