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Health Information For Parents
I’m 3 months pregnant and don’t drink very often, but do like to have a social drink every once in a while. Is it OK to occasionally drink alcohol during pregnancy?– Maya
No. It may seem harmless to have a glass of wine at dinner or a mug of beer out with friends, but there is no known “safe amount” of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Alcohol is one of the most common known causes of mental and physical birth defects and can produce severe abnormalities in a developing fetus.
Alcohol is easily passed along to the baby, who is less able to eliminate it than the mother. If you had a drink or two before you even knew you were pregnant (as many women do), don’t worry too much about it. But your best bet is to not drink alcohol at all for the rest of your pregnancy.
If a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, her baby could be born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which causes a wide range of physical, behavioral, and learning problems.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
Moms-to-be have a lot of questions about what’s safe during pregnancy. Keep your sanity by knowing what you can – and can’t – do before your baby arrives.
The sooner in pregnancy good careÂ begins, the better for theÂ health of both moms and their babies. Here’s what to expect.
Our week-by-week illustrated pregnancy calendar is a detailed guide to all the changes taking place in your baby – and in you!
During your pregnancy, you’ll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you – read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.
It’s best for babies not to be born before they’re due. Learn what you can do to prevent early labor.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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