Pregnancy & Alcohol

Whether a woman should drink (small) amounts of alcohol during pregnancy is a fraught and much-discussed topic - Olga Khazan and Julie Beck

Pregnancy & Alcohol
Pregnancy & Alcohol

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Why Can't a Pregnant Woman Enjoy a Glass of Wine?

I’ve long described pregnancy as a lengthy list of things you can’t do (or eat or drink). Of course, growing and nurturing a human being is a miraculous process, but let’s be honest: It’s also a buzz kill. From the moment any woman finds out she’s pregnant, she becomes bombarded with “no.” No sushi, no hot tubs, no jumping on trampolines, no caffeine, no deli meats, and above all, no alcohol. None. Not a single drop.

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 Why Can't a Pregnant Woman Enjoy a Glass of Wine?

Doctors’ zero-alcohol-during-pregnancy policy contradicts research about the risks of light drinking.


There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time for alcohol use during pregnancy. All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all wines and beer. FASDs are preventable if a baby is not exposed to alcohol before birth.


Experts are still unsure exactly how much – if any – alcohol is completely safe for you to have while you're pregnant, so the safest approach is not to drink at all while you're expecting.

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