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Pregnancy and Before

Alcohol and Pregnancy

There is no safe amount, no safe kind or no safe time to drink alcohol when you are pregnant. If you drink alcohol while you are pregnant, you are at risk of having a baby with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is a brain injury that occurs when a developing baby is exposed to alcohol. It’s a lifelong disorder that effects the whole body including physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities. A developing baby breaks down alcohol more slowly than an adult does. Even small amounts can create high blood levels for the developing baby leading to permanent brain damage. Every step taken to stop drinking during pregnancy is helpful. Drinking habits are highly influenced by those around. Partners, family and friends can help support an alcohol-free pregnancy.

Review:

Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-Free Pregnancy (PDF 627MB) English / Francais

Health Canada - The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: Alcohol and Pregnancy (PDF 1.4MB) English / Francais

For safe and healthy non-alcoholic alternatives, see Mocktails for Moms - Be Safe: Have an Alcohol Free Pregnancy (PDF 1.34MB) English / Francais

Alcohol, Pregnancy and Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: What Men Can Do To Help (PDF 807KB)

Visit:

Be Safe: Have an alcohol-free pregnancy

Alcohol-free is Supportive

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Help and Support:

If using alcohol is causing problems in your life, there are community supports for you and your family, or talk to your health care provider.

You can also make a confidential call to:

Motherisk Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline 1-877-327-4636

Connex Ontario 1-866-531-2600

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