Alcohol

There is no safe amount of alcohol when you are pregnant.

According to the Alcohol Use and Pregnancy Guidelines [PDF] published by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, there is clear evidence that exposure to alcohol at high-­risk levels can cause physical and mental abnormalities of development. It has also been shown that children who are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) struggle with depression and anxiety and have a more difficult time with social interactions and relationships than children who are not born with FASD.

The effects of low-level alcohol consumption on the developing fetus are not as clear, but what is most apparent from all the research is that there is no safe level of alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy without risking the health of the unborn baby.

The recommendation is that women who are pregnant abstain from drinking, and if you are thinking of getting pregnant either moderate or stop your alcohol consumption. This will increase your chances of conceiving and will ensure the optimum environment for your developing baby.

If you would like to discuss your drinking habits, or need help in controlling your drinking, talk to your health care provider before you get pregnant so you can get the support you need.