What if you have been drinking alcohol and discover you are pregnant?
Addictions aside, which require more intensive support, the advice from professionals is: stop drinking alcohol if you discover are pregnant. Partners are encouraged to also stop drinking alcohol as a way to support mom-to-be.
Half the women in the U.S. drink alcohol and half of all pregnancies are unplanned, so there are many cases of women realizing they drank before discovering they’re expecting, says Robert Sokol, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. It may be difficult not to worry, but do your best not dwell on the past. Once you’re pregnant, stop drinking.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is exactly that: a spectrum. Affects will vary, depending on the amount of alcohol and timing. Not everyone will be affected or affected in the same way. To ensure the best outcome for yourself and your baby, start the conversation and speak to your health care provider. It is never too late to make healthy choices. No stigma. No Shame.
It’s also important to note, that even if you have already had your baby and your child is older, it is never too late to start learning and implementing accommodations and support to ensure the best outcomes.
For more information on alcohol and pregnancy visit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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