The problem with drinking alcohol during your pregnancy is that there is no amount that has been proven to be safe.— Jacques Moritz, MD
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy,
even in moderation, can lead to
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
But, wine is safer
red wine with
any type of alcohol, crosses the placenta
and can damage the central nervous system and
other organs of the developing embryo/fetus.
Any alcohol consumed during pregnancy will
get to the developing brain of the baby.
All major medical organizations advise abstaining completely from alcohol during pregnancy – from conception through birth.
Alcohol is safer to use during
pregnancy than marijuana, isn’t it?
Alcohol can harm a baby at any stage of pregnancy.
What about during the first trimester?
Zeke, Age 6, has FASD
Aztec, Age 6, has FASD
Prenatal alcohol exposure during the first trimester can increase risk of miscarriage and increase the risk of FASD by
What about the second trimester?
Lyleana, Age 5, has FASD
Tasha, Age 17, has FASD
Prenatal alcohol exposure during the second trimester can cause immune system deficiencies and increase the risk of FASD by
(if alcohol exposure occurs during both first and second trimester)
Not even during the third trimester?
Ziontay, Age 16, has FASD
Harold, Age 11, has FASD
The brain is still rapidly developing during this trimester and the risk of FASD increases by
(if alcohol exposure occurs during all three trimesters)
My mom drank and I’m fine.
This site is wrong. Right?
There is no known safe amount of alcohol that’s OK during pregnancy.
But I thought FASD only occurs after binge drinking?
Even light drinking while pregnant could cause subtle behavioral or learning shifts that may not show up until the child hits adolescence.
We’re not against alcohol. We’re for healthy pregnancies.
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