Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

Drinking and Pregnancy

Drinking and Pregnancy

When you are pregnant

Drinking can hurt your baby

When you are pregnant, Your baby grows inside you. Everything you eat and drink while pregnant affects your baby. If you drink alcohol, this can damage the growth of your baby. Your baby can develop emotional and physical problems that can last for the rest of his or her life. Children who are born with very serious problems caused by alcohol have fetal alcohol syndrome.

Children with fetal alcohol syndrome may:

  • Be born smaller.
  • Having trouble eating or sleeping.
  • Having trouble hearing or seeing.
  • Having trouble following directions and learning to do simple things.
  • Having problems paying attention and learning at school
  • Need teachers and schools
  • Having problems relating to others and controlling their behavior

Here are some questions you may have about alcohol and drinking During pregnancy.

1. Can I drink alcohol if I am pregnant?

No. Do not drink alcohol when you are pregnant. Why? Because when you drink alcohol so does your baby. Think about it. Everything you drink is also what your baby drinks.

2. Is there an alcoholic beverage that can safely drink during pregnancy?

No. Drinking any type of alcohol when you are pregnant can hurt your baby. Alcoholic beverages are beer, wine, wine-based soft drinks, liqueurs or mixed drinks. A glass of wine, a beer can, and a mixed drink have more or less the same amount of alcohol.

3. Why if I drank during my last pregnancy was my baby born well?

No. These problems will be present throughout the child's life. People with very severe problems may not be able to take care of themselves or work as adults.

5. What if I'm pregnant and I've been drinking?

If you've drunk alcohol before you know you were pregnant, stop drinking right now. You will feel better and your baby will have a better chance of being born healthy. If you plan to become pregnant, do not drink alcohol. You may not know that you are pregnant immediately. Alcohol can hurt your baby even if you are only 1 or 2 months pregnant.

6. How can I stop drinking?

There are many ways to help yourself stop drinking. You do not have to drink when other people drink. If someone offers you a drink, it's okay to say no. Stay away from people or places that make you drink. Do not keep alcohol at home.

If you can not stop drinking, get help. You may have a condition called alcoholism. There are programs that can help you stop drinking. These are called alcohol treatment programs. Your doctor or nurse can find a program to help you. Even if you have participated in one of these treatments before, try again. There are also programs only for women.

For help and information

You can get help from a doctor, nurse, Social, pastor, clinic or programs near you.

To receive confidential information, you can contact:

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1126 16th St, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9304
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