Health Tip: Drinking and Pregnancy07/07/11
(HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol while you are pregnant can
cause your baby to be born with a series of physical and mental
birth defects called fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). It's a leading
cause of mental retardation.
No one knows exactly how much alcohol a woman has to drink to
cause FAS in her baby (and that level may be different among
women). So experts agree that the best thing to do is not to drink
alcohol at all while you are pregnant -- that includes beer, wine,
wine coolers and liquor.
The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation offers these tips to
help you quit:
- Avoid situations where you usually drink, like parties or
- Ask your health care provider about alcohol treatment
- Ask your partner, family and friends to help you stay away from
- Join an Alcoholics Anonymous support group.
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