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) (English / Français)
The Healthy Pregnancy Guide: Alcohol and Pregnancy (English / Francais)
Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-Free Pregnancy (PDF) (English / Francais).
For safe and healthy non-alcoholic alternatives see Mocktails for Moms - Be Safe: Have an Alcohol Free Pregnancy (PDF).
For information on alcohol and pregnancy, visit Motherisk, or call the Motherisk Helpline 1-877-439-2744.
You can also make a confidential call to the 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.
For more information on prenatal health, healthy pregnancies, and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.