Alcohol during Pregnancy Blocks Blood Vessel Growth in Placenta
A new study from the University of Oxford and the University of Queensland suggests that it is unsafe to drink any quantity of alcohol during pregnancy as it blocks the growth of blood vessels in the placenta causing the risk for the baby to be born with low birth weight.
The study included rats to check the effect of alcohol. The alcohol exposure was associated with the risk of 17% lower birth weights and 32% less blood vessel growth in the placenta.
Study co-author Dr Jacinta Kalisch-Smith, a placental researcher at the University of Oxford, says: “This has implications for human health by helping to explain, in part, why babies exposed to alcohol in the womb are often born small. The next part of this project is to see whether nutrient supplementation can reduce or even prevent the adverse effects of alcohol exposure.”
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