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How much damage did I do if I drank before I knew I was pregnant?

Dr. Margaret L. McKenzie, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Drinking alcohol can affect your unborn baby. Watch this video to learn how much alcohol can cause damage.

How much damage you did if you drank before you knew you were pregnant is uncertain. Generally speaking the effects of limited alcohol intake in early pregnancy are not fully understood but are likely minimal in an otherwise healthy mother who is not malnourished or dependent on alcohol. There is no safe amount of alcohol consumption in pregnancy so drinking alcohol should be discouraged. Nonetheless, speaking with your doctor regarding the amount and length of alcohol exposure is very important.

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