Don’t drink while you’re pregnant

Women's Health

Can I drink while I’m pregnant?

No. Your baby drinks what you drink. Don’t drink any alcohol – beer, wine, wine coolers, mixed drinks or hard liquor. Instead, drink plenty of water.

How will drinking hurt my baby?

Alcohol can cause serious health conditions called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The most serious of these is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which can seriously harm your baby's development, both mentally and physically.

Alcohol can also cause your baby to have:

  • Birth defects
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Mental disabilities
  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Speech and language delays

What does alcohol do to my baby?

Your liver works hard to break down the alcohol in your blood. But, your baby’s liver is too small to break it down, which causes alcohol to hurt your baby’s development.

My mom drank while she was pregnant. Why can’t I?

Any amount of alcohol can hurt your baby while he is developing. Alcohol affects each baby differently, and you should completely avoid it to make sure your baby is safe. Making the choice to not drink is a way you can protect your baby.

How can I stay away from alcohol while I’m pregnant?

  • Don’t go to bars parties where alcohol is served.
  • Ask your family and friends to help you stay away from alcohol.
  • If your family and friends drink alcohol often, take your own container of water or healthy beverage with you.
 

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