Do not drink alcohol after finding out you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant. Alcohol can cause problems for you and your baby, even before you know you are pregnant.

How does drinking affect your baby’s health? 

There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. This includes wine, wine coolers, beer, and liquor. The placenta supplies the baby with food and oxygen through the umbilical cord. When you drink, the alcohol in your bloodstream will pass through the placentae, into the umbilical cord and fed straight to your growing baby. The alcohol can harm your baby’s developing brain and other organs.

What problems could occur from drinking alcohol while pregnant? 

  • Premature Birth
  • Brain Damage and Problems
  • Growth and Development Issues
  • Birth Defects
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Low Birthweight
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth

How can you keep your baby safe from alcohol? 

If you are pregnant, think you are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, do not drink ANY alcohol.

How can you stop drinking alcohol during pregnancy? 

Giving up alcohol during pregnancy is hard. Do not feel alone in thinking this. Thankfully, there are some tips and tricks to help you cope with not drinking during this time period.

  • Plan to drink other things in times when you would drink. If you are out to dinner, attending a sporting event, or at a party, bring your own drink so you aren’t tempted to drink alcohol.
  • Get rid of all the alcohol in your home.
  • Ask your partner, friends, and family to help you not to drink during the pregnancy. Let them know the importance of not drinking and to keep you accountable during this time.

If you have any additional questions on your pregnancy or to confirm your pregnancy, call/text Choices at 423.892.0803 to schedule an appointment today.

Stephanie Huskins

Stephanie Huskins

Nurse Practitioner - APN, CNM

The content on this page has been reviewed and approved by our Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Huskins-Darnell.

Erika D. Hogans

Erika D. Hogans

Nurse Sonographer - BSN, RN, CCM

The content on this page has been reviewed and approved by our Nurse Sonographer Erika D. Hogans.