Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant – What’s Safe?

There is no safe amount of alcohol that a woman can consume during pregnancy. Drinking wine or any other kind of alcohol while pregnant is potentially harmful to the unborn child. Because every woman metabolizes alcohol differently, even the smallest amount of alcohol could harm the developing baby. Because of that risk, there is never a safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. From the U.S. Surgeon General’s News Release on February 21, 2005:

“We do not know what, if any, amount of alcohol is safe. But we do know that the risk of a baby being born with any of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders increases with the amount of alcohol a pregnant woman drinks, as does the likely severity of the condition. And when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her baby. Therefore, it’s in the child’s best interest for a pregnant woman to simply not drink alcohol”.

In addition, studies indicate that a baby could be affected by drinking alcohol while pregnant even within the earliest weeks after conception, and before a woman knows that she is pregnant. For that reason, the U.S. Surgeon General is recommending that women who may become pregnant also abstain from alcohol.

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