Thursday, February 4, 2016

Alcohol and Pregnancy . . . Why Take the Risk?

A new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alcohol and Pregnancy highlights the fact that:
  • More than 3 million US women are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol. 
  • 3 in 4 women who want to get pregnant as soon as possible report drinking alcohol. 
  • 100% Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are completely preventable. 
Why take the risk?
  • Women who are pregnant or who might be pregnant should be aware that any level of alcohol use could harm their baby.
  • All types of alcohol can be harmful, including all wine and beer.
  • The baby’s brain, body, and organs are developing throughout pregnancy and can be affected by alcohol at any time.
  • Drinking while pregnant can also increase the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Read the report, view an infographic with data and learn about prevention.

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