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Health Information for the Expecting Mother

Who will be your baby's doctor?   


Choosing Your Baby’s Doctor Is Very Important!

When should I choose a doctor?


What kind of doctor do I need?


Click here for resources to help you before you are pregnant.

The Dangers To Your Child If You Drink Alcoholic Beverages While Pregnant


When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her unborn baby. Alcohol in the mother’s blood passes through the placenta to the baby through the umbilical cord.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong disorders, known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The effects of FASDs can include physical problems (such as abnormal facial features) and problems with behavior and learning (such as lower-than-average weight and nervous system abnormalities). Often, a person with a FASD has a mix of these problems.

How Much Alcohol is Dangerous?

There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. There is also no safe time to drink during pregnancy and no safe kind of alcohol to drink while pregnant.

FASDs are 100% preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy, yet about 5,000 children are born with FASDs every year.

For more information on the risks associated with drinking alcohol while pregnant, please visit the Resources page of this website.