Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to have a healthy baby. Many people are unaware how alcohol can harm a developing baby. No amount or type of alcohol has been found to be safe. Drinking only non-alcoholic beverages both while trying to get pregnant and for all nine months of pregnancy is the only way to prevent FASD. Nine months matter!
Alcohol is a teratogen, an agent that can disrupt the development of the embryo or fetus, and can cause birth defects. Alcohol crosses the placenta and readily enters a developing baby’s bloodstream. Drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy can result in a wide range of physical, intellectual, and learning disabilities known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that prenatal alcohol exposure can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor, birth defects and FASD.
This is preventable. Let’s act now!