Alcohol and Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant, or could become pregnant, don’t drink alcohol

Pregnant Woman
  • No amount of alcohol use is known to be safe for a developing baby before birth.
  • Alcohol causes more damage to the developing fetus than any other substance, including marijuana, heroin, and cocaine
  • About half of the pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned.
  • A woman may not realize she is pregnant up to 4 to 6 weeks in pregnancy and expose her baby to alcohol before she knows she is pregnant.
  • Exposure to alcohol from all types of beverages, including beer and wine, poses a risk to developing babies at every stage of pregnancy.
  • A developing baby is exposed to the same concentration of alcohol as the mother during pregnancy yet doesn’t have the filter of mature kidneys.
  • FASDs are completely preventable if a developing baby is not exposed to alcohol before birth.
  • Each year more than 40,000 babies are born with FASDs that can result in birth defects, intellectual or learning disabilities, behavior problem, and trouble learning life skills.
  • Up to 1 in 20 school children may have an FASD.
  • FASD related difficulties last a lifetime.
  • The estimated lifetime cost for an individual with FASD is over two million dollars.

(Institute of Medicine).