I didn’t know I was pregnant and I was drinking. How can I find out if my baby is OK?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions

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Between 18 and 22 weeks we can do an anatomy ultrasound. The procedure shows the development of the baby.

They take a look at all the baby’s organs, the baby’s growth, the brain. They’ll look for abnormalities in the structure of the heart, the stomach and kidneys, and they look at the entire skeleton of the baby to make sure the fingers, the toes, the legs are forming the way they should.

They’ll measure the baby. Sometimes you’ll see something off in the growth. Sometimes the baby’s face may appear not typical.

The stuff that doesn’t show up until after the baby is born are the intellectual disabilities and the behaviorial problems that can come with alcohol use during pregnancy.

If you were drinking in early pregnancy, we can give you a referral to a perinatal specialist or perinatologist. They have extra training in how the baby could be affected and can do more detailed ultrasounds at 24 weeks.

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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