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Prenatal drinking can alter baby’s genes

Washington: Pregnant women are advised to stay away from alcohol, according to a new study drinking moderate to high levels of alcohol might alter the DNA of their babies. Sarkar, a Distinguished Professor and director of the Endocrine Program in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research’. in women who drank moderate to high levels of alcohol during pregnancy and in children who had been exposed to those levels of alcohol in the womb. The study also found that infants exposed to alcohol in the womb – which passes from the mother’s blood through the umbilical cord – had increased levels of cortisol, a potentially harmful stress hormone that can suppress the immune system and lead to ongoing health issues.

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