December 12,

Alcohol & Pregnancy

Alcohol & Pregnancy

It’s safest not to drink when you’re pregnant. Less is better. None is best!

Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause brain damage and permanent birth defects. Babies born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) may have a range of complications including developmental delays, learning disabilities, facial abnormalities and growth deficiencies. In Canada, it is estimated that one child per day is born with FASD.

The use of other drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding can also harm your baby.

Support and information is available to help you have a healthy and safe pregnancy for you and your baby.

Umbrellas Program, Four County Addiction Services Team provides a wide array of addictions treatment options to women who are pregnant or parenting children 0-6 years (including a fast track referral process, and financial support for child care or transportation). Other support and help is available as well.

Motherisk – Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline – 1-877-327-4636  provides information about substance use for women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

Is It Safe for my Baby?  Booklet listing the risks and recommendations regarding the use of medications, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs during pregnancy.

Give and Take: A booklet for pregnant women about alcohol and drugs                           

Chart to Estimate When Alcohol has Left Breast Milk

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Offers information on alcohol, pregnancy, and breast-feeding.

Last modified on Jan 17, 2013