What Does Hot Guinness Do To Pregnancy?
Guinness is a popular Irish beer that has been produced since the 18th century. It has many unique characteristics, including a strong flavour, high alcohol content and low calories. But does it have any effect on a pregnant woman? Can it be consumed safely? Let’s take a closer look at hot Guinness and pregnancy in this blog.
Is Hot Guinness Safe During Pregnancy?
The simple answer is ‘No’. Generally, alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy. This is because it can cross the placenta and be absorbed by the baby in the womb, potentially causing a range of developmental issues. So, even if you save Guinness for special occasions, regular or excessive consumption of hot Guinness should be avoided during pregnancy.
Can I Drink Hot Guinness Occasionally?
Some experts believe that pregnant woman can consume limited amounts of alcohol, such as two small glasses of wine per week. If you plan to have a glass of Guinness, please ensure that it is not very hot and limit it to one glass maximum.
What Are the Risks?
- Miscarriage – A high amount of alcohol can lead to a miscarriage, as it reduces the amount of oxygen to the baby.
- Premature Birth – Hot Guinness can cause premature delivery and low birth weight, as it increases the chances of preterm labour.
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – Consuming alcohol during pregnancy can increase the chance of the baby having Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (a condition caused by alcohol consumption that leads to physical and mental disabilities).
Are There Alternatives To Hot Guinness?
Yes! There are plenty of alternatives that pregnant women can enjoy without the risk associated with hot Guinness. Here is a list of non-alcoholic beverages that can be consumed during pregnancy:
- Coconut water
- Fresh fruit juices
- Herbal teas
- Vegetable juices
- Cranberry juice
- Sparkling water
The Bottom Line:
Hot Guinness should be avoided during pregnancy. Even if you plan to have a glass of Guinness, you should limit it to one glass and make sure that it is not very hot. There are plenty of alternatives that pregnant women can enjoy without the risk associated with hot Guinness.
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