Alcohol During Pregnancy: Is a Little Ever OK?

Wondering if it’s OK to have an occasional drink during pregnancy? Worried because you already did before you found out you were expecting? Here’s what you need to know about alcohol during pregnancy.

As soon as you found out you were pregnant, one of the first questions you may have wondered is whether you need to change your drink order. Especially if, like many other women, you’ve heard of moms who drank a glass of wine nightly during pregnancy and delivered perfectly healthy babies.

Unfortunately, however, there’s just no research to support that any alcohol is a completely safe bet. In fact, the Surgeon General, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) all advise that no amount of alcohol is safe for pregnant women. That recommendation — and the research behind it — leads to this recommendation: It’s prudent to take a pass at any alcohol for the duration of your pregnancy (though you can also certainly ask your own practitioner for his or her thoughts).

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