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How Much Alcohol can you REALLY Have During Pregnancy?

Answer – none.  Think of it like this: every time you drink alcohol while you are pregnant, so does your unborn baby.

If you are planning to become pregnant, or are currently pregnant, it is important to understand that there is NO SAFE AMOUNT of alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy.

Not only can drinking alcohol during pregnancy cause miscarriage and stillbirth, but it can also result in lifelong disorders known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).

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If your baby is born with a FASD, he/she may have the following characteristics and behaviors:

  • Physical birth defects
  • Poor coordination
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Poor memory
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech and language delays
  • Poor reasoning and judgment skills

There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink.  Drinking alcohol within the first three months of your pregnancy can cause your baby to be born with abnormal facial features. Throughout your pregnancy, your baby’s brain is developing. Drinking alcohol at any time during your pregnancy can damage your baby’s brain and cause growth and central nervous system problems.  It is 100 percent possible to prevent FASDs if you do not drink alcohol when you are pregnant.

If you have already been drinking during your pregnancy, it is not too late to stop.  If you need help to stop drinking, contact your doctor, local Alcoholics Anonymous or local alcohol treatment center. The earlier you stop drinking, the better off you and your baby will be.