Physicians have discovered another link between alcohol and drug use during pregnancy, and effects on the infant. A study carried out by Loyola University Health System found that consuming alcohol in early pregnancy acted as a risk factor for gastroschisis.
Gastroschisis is a condition where a baby’s intestines develop outside the abdomen, through a hole next to the belly button.
Published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, the study found that alcohol use in early pregnancy by mothers of gastroschisis cases significantly increased the odds of the condition.
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