Alcohol-free is supportive
Drinking alcohol while pregnant is the only known cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Any amount of alcohol at any time during the pregnancy can be harmful. Drinking more than two drinks per day, or drinking regularly are the most harmful to developing babies. Every step a woman takes to stop drinking during pregnancy is helpful.
How can you support an alcohol-free pregnancy?
A woman’s drinking habits are highly influenced by those around her. Here are some practical ways that partners, families, and friends can be supportive.
- Offer non-alcoholic drinks at social gatherings, such as juice, water or tea. Or, try serving soda water and fruit juice in a fancy glass.
- Offer practical support, such as babysitting, making a meal, or running an errand. Ask what would help reduce stress in her life.
- Support a “culture of moderation” by minimizing harmful effects your drinking may have on others. Our drinking habits are shaped by those around us.
- Take a “pause” from alcohol during the pregnancy, or avoid drinking around her. Having someone go alcohol-free for part or all of the pregnancy can be helpful and encouraging.
- Choose a coffee shop or restaurant instead of a bar when going out with friends.
- Enjoy social activities that don’t involve alcohol – watch a movie, go for a walk, or attend a local performance.
- Talk about it, and be compassionate. Often, drinking can be a way to cope with difficult life circumstances such as depression or isolation. Assume that people are doing the best they can and let them know you’re willing to help when they are ready to make a change.
Where to go for help
If you are concerned about your alcohol consumption, or that of a friend or family member, contact Alcohol and Drug Services at 1-855-667-5777, or talk to your health care provider. Quitting or reducing alcohol consumption at any stage of pregnancy is healthy.
Child Development Centre
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of Yukon