“Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to have a healthy baby. Many people are unaware how alcohol can harm a developing baby. No amount or type of alcohol has been found to be safe. Drinking only non-alcoholic beverages both while trying to get pregnant and for all nine months of pregnancy is the only way to prevent FASD. Nine months matter!
Alcohol is a teratogen, an agent that can disrupt the development of the embryo or fetus, and can cause birth defects. Alcohol crosses the placenta and readily enters a developing baby’s bloodstream. Drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy can result in a wide range of physical, intellectual, and learning disabilities known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).”
Find more from Nine months matter (UC San Diego’s Center for Better Beginnings, 2021)