Alcohol and Pregnancy

Alcohol is a teratogen, which means that it can cause birth defects. There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Any amount of alcohol can cross the placenta and reach the baby, where it can interfere with development.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and premature birth. It can also cause a number of birth defects, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). FASDs are a group of conditions that can cause a range of problems, including physical, mental, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities.

There is no cure for FASDs, but early intervention can help to improve a child’s development. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is important to avoid drinking alcohol.

If you have been drinking alcohol during pregnancy, talk to your doctor. They can help you to assess the risk to your baby and provide support and guidance.

Here are some tips for avoiding alcohol during pregnancy:

  • Tell your friends and family that you are pregnant and that you are not drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid social situations where alcohol is being served.
  • If you are at a social event, ask for non-alcoholic drinks.
  • If you have a hard time resisting alcohol, talk to your doctor about getting help.

If you are struggling with alcohol abuse, there are many resources available to help you. Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional about your options.

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