Is it safe to drink alcohol during pregnancy? Find out!

Pregnant woman drinking alcohol

If you're pregnant and wondering if it's OK to indulge in the occasional small glass of merlot or to sip a little champagne, the advice you receive may be confusing.

Some doctors recommend that you completely avoid alcohol when you’re expecting; others say that occasional light drinking is unlikely to harm your baby.

Here’s what doctors say pregnant women should keep in mind when deciding whether to drink lightly or to steer clear of alcohol altogether.

The problem with drinking alcohol during your pregnancy is that there is no amount that has been proven to be safe. It’s also difficult to predict the impact of drinking on any given pregnancy because some women have higher levels of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol.

If a pregnant woman with low levels of this enzyme drinks, her baby may be more susceptible to harm because the alcohol may circulate in her body for a longer period of time. Pregnant women are strongly urged not to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Drinking alcohol while pregnant has been shown to cause harm to a baby as it develops in the womb. Alcohol used during pregnancy may also lead to long-term medical problems and birth defects.
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