No level of alcohol has been proved safe during pregnancy. The safest thing for your baby is to avoid alcohol entirely.
Mothers who do drink alcohol have a higher risk of miscarriage and a greater risk of stillbirth.
Too much alcohol during pregnancy can result in fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which can cause facial deformities and intellectual disability. Children with FAS can suffer from the following symptoms for life:
- Abnormal facial features (philtrum)
- Small head size
- Sleep problems
- Shorter-than-average height
- Low body weight
- Hyperactive behavior
- Difficulty with attention
- Poor memory
- Difficulty in school (especially with math)
- Learning disabilities
- Speech and language delays
- Low IQ
- Poor judgment skills
- Vision or hearing problems
Consider the risks and try not to consume any alcohol at all.
- Alcohol during pregnancy - Mayo Clinic (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy-nutrition/art-20043844)
- Alcohol during pregnancy - Kids Health (https://kidshealth.org)
- Acute Maternal Alcohol Consumption Disrupts Behavioral State Organization in the Near-Term Fetus (https://www.nature.com/articles/pr1998532z)