Alcohol or other drug use by a pregnant or breastfeeding woman can affect the health and development of her infant.
Alcohol use can affect fetus development at any stage of a woman’s pregnancy. The brain of a fetus is particularly vulnerable to alcohol during the entire pregnancy.
When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, she has a higher risk of the following:
The consequences of fetus exposure to alcohol last a lifetime.
Scientific data is inconclusive in determining how much alcohol you can consume without risk to your infant's health.
However, we do know the following:
There's not a single moment during pregnancy when drinking alcohol is safe.
All types of alcohol can be harmful to the fetus: wine, beer, spirits or fortified wine, such as sherry or port.
If you drink alcohol without realizing you're pregnant, talk to a health-care professional or call Info Santé 811 about it. Whether you drink regularly or occasionally, it's never too late to stop.
Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding can also have an impact on your child.
Alcohol consumed by a breastfeeding mother goes into her milk, which can do the following:
If you are breastfeeding your infant, you should avoid the following:
Only occasional and moderate consumption (1 or 2 drinks) should be considered.
To avoid exposing your infant to alcohol, you can do the following:
A pregnant woman who takes drugs during pregnancy has a higher risk of the following:
The consequences of fetus exposure to drugs last a lifetime.
If you used drugs without knowing you're pregnant, talk to a health-care professional or contact Info Santé 811 about it. Whether you do drugs regularly or occasionally, it's never too late to stop.
Drug use during breastfeeding can have a negative impact on your child.
If you have recently used drugs, you should temporarily stop breastfeeding your child. It's impossible to say exactly how much time you must wait before breastfeeding again. Many factors come into play, including the type of drug, how much you consumed and your state of health. For more details, speak to a health-care professional or call Info-Santé 811.
It is recommended not to use alcohol or drugs during pregnancy.
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Last update: May 13, 2016 10:07 AM
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