Drinking & Pregnancy

Over 40 years ago, United States researchers first recognized Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) as one of the adverse outcomes caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. This discovery led to considerable public education and awareness initiatives informing women to limit the amount of alcohol they consume while pregnant. But since that time, more has been learned about the effects of alcohol on a developing baby. It is now clear that no amount of alcohol can be considered safe.

Based on the current, best science available, we now know:

  • Alcohol consumed during pregnancy increases the risk of alcohol related birth defects, including growth deficiencies, facial abnormalities, central nervous system or brain impairment, behavioral disorders, and impaired intellectual development.
  • No amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy.
  • Alcohol can damage a developing baby at any stage of pregnancy.  Damage can occur in the earliest weeks of pregnancy, even before a woman knows that she is pregnant.
  • The cognitive deficits and behavioral problems resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure are life long.
  • Alcohol related birth defects are completely preventable.

For these reasons, it is advised by all major medical associations, the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Surgeon General, that if a woman is pregnant or could become pregnant, she should abstain from drinking alcohol. Our message is simple – 049: zero alcohol for nine months.

Trying to Get Pregnant?

A healthy baby actually begins before a positive pregnancy test. Even before you become pregnant, it is important to take care of your own health. This includes exercising regularly, eating healthy, taking a multi vitamin and folic acid, and stopping any health habits like smoking and drinking alcohol. Learn more about planning a healthy pregnancy. 

Already Pregnant?

Congratulations! MOFAS encourages you to celebrate an alcohol-free pregnancy by remembering 049 – zero alcohol for nine months. Learn more about celebrating an alcohol-free pregnancy.

For Health Professionals

Women take the word from their health care provider over other sources. But with conflicting information online and in other sources, women need to hear from their health care providers that there is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. Help women prepare for pregnancy.

Addiction and Treatment

MOFAS has a wide variety of resource for women who drank and/or used drugs during their pregnancy. We are here to help remove the stigma and blame associated with FASD and provide the supports and resources for you and your family. View the options MOFAS has to support you.

FASD Prevention

MOFAS is committed to preventing prenatal alcohol exposure. Whether you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, MOFAS wants all women to get a consistent message about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. There is no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy. Remember 049- zero alcohol for nine months. Learn how MOFAS is making an impact in the community to prevent FASD.



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049.  These three numbers could change a life.  If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, just remember 049 – Zero Alcohol for Nine Months.  There is no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy.


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This site is provided to families and professionals as an informative site on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It is not intended to replace professional medical, psychological, behavioral, legal, nutritional or educational counsel. Reference to any specific agency does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by MOFAS.