Alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix—ever!

With the holiday season upon us, parties and family gatherings offer constant opportunities to celebrate with a glass of wine, a beer or your favorite fizzy cocktail. But if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, just say no.

There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant, the CDC says. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink. All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all wines and beer.

Alcohol in the mother’s blood passes to the baby through the umbilical cord. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, or FASD.

The CDC has a web page with more information on pregnancy and alcohol. And if you have any other questions, talk to your doctor.

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