What amount of alcohol is safe to drink while I'm pregnant?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions.

My general advice is: There is no amount of alcohol that has been proven safe.
 
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Nurse-Midwives both have a statement saying there’s no study showing a safe amount of alcohol. So we always err on the side of caution. 

If you’re trying to get pregnant, I’d advise you to stop drinking. If you just found out you’re going to have a baby, I’d advise you to stop drinking. 

You want to do everything you can to make sure the baby’s healthy. Why risk it, when babies exposed to alcohol can develop improperly and have learning and behavioral problems?   

You might think this advice is just for binge drinkers. But even women who drink occasionally or have a glass of red wine every day for their health should know that there’s no proof it’s safe during pregnancy.  

Consider celebrating your soon-to-be bundle of joy with a nice glass of sparkling juice instead!


Melissa Kitzman, certified nurse-midwife
Fairview Clinics – Bloomington, Oxboro
Fairview Center for Women – Edina 

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Make an appointment with a midwife or OB doctor or book a tour at The Birthplace.

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