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Alcohol and Drug-Free Pregnancy

There is no safe time, no safe type and no safe amount of alcohol to drink if you are expecting a baby. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause permanent birth defects and brain damage to your baby. Drinking while expecting a baby can also lead to increased risk of miscarriages, stillbirths and low-birth weight babies.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder describes the range of disabilities that can affect babies whose mothers drink during pregnancy.

(Read more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day on September 9)

If you pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or about to breastfeed, Canada's Low Risk Drinking Guidelines advise you not to drink any alcohol at all.

Don't take chances with your baby's well-being.

Make the healthy choice and enjoy the benefits of an alcohol-free pregnancy!

Additional Resources

Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-Free Pregnancy - Best Start

Motherisk Helpline - 1-877-FAS-INFO

Public Health Agency of Canada - frequently asked questions and answers

Mocktails (alcohol-free alternative drinks for pregnant women)

Caffeine and Pregnancy

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