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Alcohol and Pregnancy: It’s Just Not Worth the Risk

Alcohol and Pregnancy - Not Worth the Risk Alcohol and Pregnancy - Not Worth the Risk

​There's no guarantee that a baby will be born healthy or grow up healthy. However, there is an absolute guarantee that a child will not have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) if a mother does not drink alcohol while pregnant.

No Alcohol During Pregnancy is the Safest Choice

In this video, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains why there is no type of alcohol and no amount of alcohol safe during pregnancy. 

An estimated 40,000 babies are born each year with FASDs, which can result in birth defects, intellectual or learning disabilitiesbehavior problems and trouble learning life skills. These difficulties last a lifetime.

​FASDs are 100% preventable by abstaining from alcohol while pregnant (and while trying to conceive). Despite myths, there is no scientific evidence available that sets a “safe” amount of alcohol that will not affect the developing fetus.

Talk with Your Doctor

Women are encouraged to talk with their obstetricians, pediatricians and other health care providers so they can not only understand the risks, but also make the best choice for the health of their baby.

  • There is no amount of alcohol during pregnancy that is risk-free

  • There is no kind of alcohol during pregnancy that is risk-free

  • There is no time during pregnancy when alcohol consumption is risk-free

Marijuana and E-cigarettes - Also Not Safe  ​

No amount of marijuana has been proven safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. See Marijuana Use During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding FAQs.

No kindof e-cigarette―also known as e-hookah, e-pens, vape pens, or tanks―is safe to use while pregnant or while breastfeeding. E-cigarettes are NOT a safe way to quit smoking during pregnancy either. See E-Cigarette Use During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding FAQs.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Program (Copyright © 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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