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How much alcohol is reasonably acceptable to drink in pregnancy without running the risk of my child developing fetal alcohol syndrome?

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Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: None

Do not drink alcohol if you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant.

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Do not drink alcohol if you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant.
Dr. David Hunter
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Strongly concur!
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: None

It is advised not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy.

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It is advised not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy.
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: We don't know

We don't know if there is a "safe" amount to drink during pregnancy.
We do know that repeated, continuous exposure to alcohol for a growing baby will cause fetal alcohol syndrome. We don't know how much is too much. For this reason, you won't hear a lot of doctors/midwives say drinking occasionally is ok. I think one glass of wine on rare occasions is safe.

In brief: We don't know

We don't know if there is a "safe" amount to drink during pregnancy.
We do know that repeated, continuous exposure to alcohol for a growing baby will cause fetal alcohol syndrome. We don't know how much is too much. For this reason, you won't hear a lot of doctors/midwives say drinking occasionally is ok. I think one glass of wine on rare occasions is safe.
Dr. David Finke
Dr. David Finke
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: None

Alcohol passes freely across the placenta, so the kid drinks anytime you do.
It also forms breakdown products on the kids end like formaldehyde, the preservative occasionally used in embalming. The fetal nervous system as well as others are influenced by these toxic byproducts. Although the worst FAS kids are born to alcoholics, there is no known safe level.

In brief: None

Alcohol passes freely across the placenta, so the kid drinks anytime you do.
It also forms breakdown products on the kids end like formaldehyde, the preservative occasionally used in embalming. The fetal nervous system as well as others are influenced by these toxic byproducts. Although the worst FAS kids are born to alcoholics, there is no known safe level.
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