Alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy as there is a direct physical connection between the mother and the developing baby. Almost everything she eats ends up in the blood of the unborn child. But are non-alcoholic beer, sparkling wine and wine a safe alternative during pregnancy?

What you need to know is that drinks sold as “non-alcoholic” in Germany can contain up to 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. Only if the bottle clearly says “no alcohol” means it does not contain alcohol. Beer that is advertised as 0.0 percent However, it can reach 0.03. Alcohol percentage by volume. For comparison, “normal” beer contains about five percent by volume, most wines and sparkling wines contain between 12 and 14 percent by volume.

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Like “Ecotest” there is reportedly one Analysis of chemical and veterinary examination rooms (CVUA) Stuttgart Of more than 110 samples of non-alcoholic sparkling wine and comparable products between 2019 and 2021, none of the products tested exceeded the legal limit of 0.5 percent by volume, and two-thirds even had an alcohol content of less than 0.1 percent. by volume.

One Investigation by the State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety of Lower Saxony (LAVES) 130 samples of non-alcoholic beer showed that in one case the permitted content was three times higher, by approximately 1.5 percent by volume.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy has consequences for the baby

Therefore, pregnant women are advised to avoid non-alcoholic beer, sparkling wine and similar drinks. Klaus Doubeck, President of the Professional Association of Gynecologists (BVF), explains to Ecotest: “To protect the unborn child, pregnant women should not drink alcohol. This applies to alcohol in any form, in any dosage and at any time during pregnancy. pregnancy. It is scientifically impossible to describe a threshold below which alcohol consumption would be harmless.”

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy increases the risk of serious lifelong consequences for the baby. The most common form is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Alcohol can impair the physical and mental development of the fetus, which can lead to developmental delays, learning difficulties, or hearing and vision problems in sick children.

That is why, for example, the Professional Association of Gynecologists (BVF) Responsibility from the Start Initiative brought it to life. With the help of the brochure and guide, they want to inform expectant mothers and relatives about the risks and provide assistance.
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