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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 any type of alcohol while you are pregnant, you are at risk of having a baby with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). A developing baby breaks down alcohol more slowly than an adult does.  Even small amounts in the mothers’ system can create high blood levels for the baby, leading to permanent brain damage. FASD includes a range of disabilities that can happen in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) (PDF 3.67MB) English / Français

The Healthy Pregnancy Guide: Alcohol and Pregnancy (PDF 1.74MB) English / Francais

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



Help and Support:

Motherisk Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline 1-877-327-4636 for information about the effects of alcohol, nicotine and substance use. 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.

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