No amount of alcohol is safe when pregnant

Avoid any alcohol if you’re pregnant or think you’re pregnant. All drinks with alcohol can harm an unborn baby. Alcohol during pregnancy causes disorders that never go away. Alcohol can cause problems in all trimesters of your pregnancy. It’s never too late to stop drinking. The sooner you stop, the healthier your baby will be.

Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause:

  • Birth defects
  • Brain damage
  • Behavior problems
  • Developmental delay
  • Early birth or preterm delivery
  • Facial changes
  • Fetal death
  • Heart defects
  • Learning problems
  • Low birth weight
  • Poor growth

Don’t drink alcohol if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

Call us if you’re worried because you drank alcohol during pregnancy.

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Did you know?

If you stop using alcohol, tobacco, or drugs at any time during your pregnancy it can increase the chance your baby will be born healthy. You should get treatment as early as you can if you’re pregnant and use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Don't give up. Alcohol, tobacco, and drug treatment works. It’s confidential and can be affordable. Pregnant women are a priority for treatment.

What are the effects of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs on mothers?

  • Addiction or dependence on substances
  • Dental problems
  • Depression
  • Poor decision-making
  • Poor nutrition
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS)
  • Other health concerns

What can happen if a fetus or baby is exposed to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs during pregnancy?

  • Babies may have withdrawal symptoms from substances
  • Birth defects
  • Early birth or preterm delivery
  • Low birth weight

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