For decades, international medical consensus has remained unchanged:
There is no known safe amount of alcohol that a woman can consume while pregnant, nor is there a “safe time” to consume alcohol during pregnancy.
Every mother and every fetus is different, but the developing brain is always sensitive to alcohol. The message is simple and important: No alcohol is safest during pregnancy.
No mother wants to harm her unborn child, but abstinence from alcohol can be challenging. Many underlying factors may impel a woman to drink during her pregnancy, from misinformation and social pressures to addiction and untreated mental health issues.
FASD prevention is a complex issue that demands the attention and involvement of the wider community. Through education, awareness-building and strategic partnerships, CFAN is working to reduce the rate of FASD in our communities.
The Prevention Conversation
CFAN is a partner in Let’s Talk: The Prevention Conversation, a province-wide project to inspire health and social service providers to engage with clients in brief, non-judgmental conversations about alcohol and pregnancy. We have a range of resources, speakers, education and training opportunities available.
For more prevention information: www.preventionconversation.org
Prevention Conversation Fact Sheets
- Why do some women drink alcohol during pregnancy?
- Alcohol, contraception and preconception
- It is safest not to drink during pregnancy. What does this mean?
- Treatment and care for pregnant women who use alcohol and/or other drugs
- Alcohol, pregnancy and partner support
- Pregnancy, alcohol and trauma-informed practice
- Canada's low-risk drinking guidelines
- Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey. (2010).
- Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. (2010). Alcohol use and pregnancy consensus clinical guidelines.
- Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. (2004). Windows of opportunity: A statistical profile of substance use among women in their childbearing years in Alberta. Executive summary.
- Best Start (2009). Implications for Ontario: Awareness of FASD in 2009.