Nutrition During Pregnancy

Alcohol

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)

References:

  1. Position of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Health Pregnancy Outcome, J Acad of Nutr & Dietetics, 2014; 114:1101.
  2. 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.