I’m 3 months pregnant and don’t drink very often but do like to have a social drink every once in a while. Is it OK to occasionally drink alcohol during pregnancy?
No. Although it may seem harmless to have a glass of wine at dinner or a mug of beer out with friends, no one has determined what's a "safe amount" of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Alcohol is one of the most common known causes of mental and physical birth defects and can produce severe abnormalities in a developing fetus.
Alcohol is easily passed along to the baby, who is less equipped to eliminate it than the mother. If you had a drink or two before you even knew you were pregnant (as many women do), don't worry too much about it. But your best bet is to not drink any more alcohol at all for the rest of your pregnancy.
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: August 2009
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