Is it safe to drink after the first trimester of pregnancy?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions

Woman holding a cocktail

Just because your baby has gotten through the first stages of starting to develop a brain, heart and other organs doesn’t mean it’s safe to start drinking alcohol.

There’s no point in your baby’s development when alcohol can’t have consequences.

What you drink travels through the placenta into your baby’s bloodstream. Their blood-alcohol level will be higher than yours, and that alcohol interferes with the baby getting the oxygen and nourishment they need to be healthy.    

Even after the first trimester, drinking can harm your baby and leave them with physical, intellectual and emotional problems.    

If one of my patients felt like they needed to start drinking, I’d work with her and give her support to find other coping mechanisms.


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

To learn more:
Make an appointment with a midwife or OB doctor or book a tour at The Birthplace.


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