Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects and fetal alcohol syndrome.
There is no good way to predict how much alcohol or when during pregnancy alcohol causes a problem. It is best to avoid alcohol during your entire pregnancy. Think of it like this: if you drink, your baby is drinking too. (1)(2)
- Position of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Health Pregnancy Outcome, J Acad of Nutr & Dietetics, 2014; 114:1101.
- Risks of Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant, Available at http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/pregnancy-childbirth/pregnancy-concerns/creating-a-healthy-womb-environment/avoid-alcohol Accessed Sept 12, 2015.