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Alcohol use in pregnancy: Is it safe?

Pregnant individual with hand up refusing glass of red wine

As the holiday season approaches, you may be involved in social gatherings where alcoholic drinks may be served. If pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest choice is to avoid drinking any alcohol.

There is no known safe time, type or amount of alcohol when pregnant or planning to be pregnant.

Try making mocktails for your next social gathering:

These tips for easy-to-make refreshing mocktails are great alcohol-free alternatives. You can also check out this yummy Cider Pomtini that’s sure to impress your guests.

Possible risks of alcohol exposure during pregnancy:

Alcohol exposure during pregnancy can pass to the unborn baby and possibly cause:

Alcohol and Pregnancy don’t mix

All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all liquor, beer, wine and ciders/coolers. No alcohol is the safest choice.

It is never too late to make positive changes during pregnancy. Partners can also help by supporting an individual’s decision not to drink while pregnant.

If you or your partner are concerned about alcohol use before conceiving or during pregnancy, speak to your health care provider.  You may also eChat or speak with a Public Health Nurse at (416) 338-7600.

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