Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that he will be giving up alcohol until his wife Carrie Johnson gives birth to their second child in December this year. It has been reported that he is doing this as an act of solidarity, an act that can be very helpful for the mother while carrying the child. 

For many people that are used to going to the bar on a Saturday night, it’s hard to resist the temptation of alcohol when you become pregnant. Nonetheless, it’s important for you to stay away from alcohol if you’re pregnant. Why? For the health and safety of the fetus. 

Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson got married in May 2021 in the secret ceremony in London at Westminster Cathedral

According to the CDC, there is no safe consumption of alcohol use while you are pregnant. This is because alcohol can be passed on to the baby through the mother’s umbilical cord, which can cause early defects to the fetus.

What alcohol can do to the fetus:

  • abnormal facial features
  • shorten height
  • learning disabilities
  • vision or hearing problems
  • heart, kidney, or bone abnormalities 
  • speech difficulties

Whether or not your significant other is giving up alcohol with you during your pregnancy, it is still important that you stay away from both alcohol and drug consumption while you are pregnant. This will be the best way for you to keep both you and the child as healthy as possible. 

Hannah Walker is a health reporter at The Pavlovic Today.

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