Seriously, the safe amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy at any stage is ZERO.
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Ok – so recently I had a friend tell me her sister’s doctor told her that to help her relax after an amniocentesis test, she could safely enjoy a glass of wine. I am here to clear the air (backed up by a lot of research done by accredited organizations) NO amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy, ever. This post is intended to be short and to the point.
According to the CDC:
“There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe to drink during pregnancy or when trying to get pregnant. All drinks that contain alcohol, including wine and beer, can harm an unborn baby. There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol can harm a baby at any time during pregnancy. So, to prevent FASDs, a woman should not drink alcohol while she is pregnant, or even when she might get pregnant. This is because a woman could get pregnant and not know it for up to 4 to 6 weeks. In the United States, nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned.”
The CDC, The March of Dimes, The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and The American Academy of Pediatrics all agree that the risk is simply too great, one drink that contains alcohol can greatly affect an unborn child at any stage of pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, planning on getting pregnant or even have a slight risk of getting pregnant, I earnestly implore please pass the glass and choose a non-alcoholic beverage for the next nine months. Check out the links below that give further research, warnings and information about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Stay informed. Stay safe.
x. earnest mom.
March of Dimes – Alcohol During Pregnancy
NOFAS Light Drinking During Pregnancy
CDC – Alcohol Use During Pregnancy