Hey I was just reading this article and thought I'd share, another reason for us ladies to eat up in regards to animal products!
Cholesterol is so important to fetal development that pregnant women who do not have high enough cholesterol levels are at increased risk of having babies with developmental problems, even without consuming alcohol.And the article finishes off with:
the findings provide further credence to current practice of ensuring that pregnant women should not lower their cholesterol too low. A recent study found that women who took cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins were at greater risk of giving birth to babies with developmental problems.
Cholesterol aside, in regards to alcohol they say this:
Li said that the keys to fetal alcohol syndrome's severity are the amount of alcohol consumed, the duration of the consumption and the timing of the pregnancy. For example, alcohol consumed by a mother with a one-month-old fetus could alter the development of the brain; at four to eight weeks, facial structures, heart and eyesight could be affected. Two to three months into fetal development, alcohol consumption could lead to the growth of extra digits.
"The amount of alcohol consumed is important as well," Li said. "Even the equivalent of one 12-ounce beer, consumed at the wrong time, could disrupt the signaling pathway and lead to a defect."
I don't drink alcohol at the best of times, but that certainly puts me off the idea of even having a sip if I was pregnant!
You can read the article here:
Cholesterol Could Be Key To Treating Fetal Alcohol Syndrome