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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) both recommend that you completely avoid consuming alcohol during pregnancy as well as while you are trying to get pregnant. There is no minimum amount of alcohol determined to be safe in pregnancy. And while drinking at any stage of pregnancy should be avoided, both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Royal College of.

Can You Drink While Trying to Get Pregnant? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently warned sexually active women that they should stop drinking alcohol if they’re not using birth control to prevent pregnancy. While the warning raised some controversy, it highlighted the danger alcohol poses on to developing babies. When you drink, the alcohol quickly travels through your bloodstream, crosses the placenta, and reaches your baby. Your baby breaks down alcohol more slowly than you do, so she may end up with a higher level of blood alcohol.

Drinking endangers your growing baby in a number of ways: It increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink.

All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all wines and beer. FASDs are preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy. You know that alcohol is off limits during pregnancy, but what about while you’re trying to conceive? Doctors recommend that women don’t drink when trying to conceive.

But for some couples, getting pregnant can take a long time, and the prospect of not having a celebratory drink or a glass of wine after work for months on end may not seem entirely plausible. But research on fertility and alcohol does not support the idea that a woman should not drink alcohol when trying to conceive. From my research on alcohol and fertility, I’ve learned that timing your intercourse is one of the best ways to get pregnant. If you are intimate when you’re ovulating, you’ll increase your chances of conceiving.

The CDC recommends that women who could get pregnant avoid alcohol entirely (not exactly realistic), but if you’re going to drink, Tolbert suggests capping it. Most people assume abstaining from alcohol when trying get pregnant and actively trying to conceive are enough to avoid fetal alcohol conditions after birth. And yes, turning down every last drop. She might be secretly pregnant, she might be taking fertility drugs that can’t be combined with alcohol, she might just be trying to lower her dosage of alcohol with the hope that it helps her get pregnant — or she might just be not drinking.

No one wants to.

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Your partner should also plan to abstain from alcohol while you’re trying to conceive.

“The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between” by Ann Douglas
from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between
by Ann Douglas
Wiley, 2009

Women should completely avoid alcohol when trying to conceive and throughout pregnancy; no amount is considered safe.

“Clinical Drug Therapy for Canadian Practice” by Kathleen Marion Brophy, Heather Scarlett-Ferguson, Karen S. Webber, Anne Collins Abrams, Carol Barnett Lammon
from Clinical Drug Therapy for Canadian Practice
by Kathleen Marion Brophy, Heather Scarlett-Ferguson, et. al.
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

Pregnant women and women who are attempting to conceive should avoid alcoholic beverages because there is a risk of damage to the fetus and no safe level of alcohol intake during pregnancy has been established.

“Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk” by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Commission on Life Sciences, Committee on Diet and Health
from Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk
by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, et. al.
National Academies Press, 1989

Of course, it is still safer to err on the side of caution and keep alcohol intake to an absolute minimum, but the research as a whole indicates that the occasional glass of wine is not going to significantly reduce your odds of getting pregnant.

“It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF (Second Edition)” by Rebecca Fett
from It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF (Second Edition)
by Rebecca Fett
Franklin Fox Publishing LLC, 2019

Excessive alcohol intake during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage.

“Caring for Your Baby and Young Child” by Steven P. Shelov
from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child
by Steven P. Shelov
Oxford University Press, 1997

The current recommendation for pregnant women, women who might be pregnant, and women who are trying to conceive is to abstain from alcohol.

“Principles of Addiction Medicine” by Richard K. Ries, Shannon C. Miller, David A. Fiellin
from Principles of Addiction Medicine
by Richard K. Ries, Shannon C. Miller, David A. Fiellin
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Although a daily drink will not be harmful in your pregnancy-preparation phase, heavy alcohol consumption can interfere with fertility by disrupting your menstrual cycle.

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

Women should thus avoid alcohol throughout pregnancy and when trying to conceive.

“Textbook of Therapeutics: Drug and Disease Management” by Richard A. Helms, David J. Quan
from Textbook of Therapeutics: Drug and Disease Management
by Richard A. Helms, David J. Quan
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006

The best time to stop drinking alcohol is before conceiving.

“Midwifery and Obstetrical Nursing” by Sharma
from Midwifery and Obstetrical Nursing
by Sharma
Gen Next Publications, 2009

recommends abstinence from alcohol are planning a pregnancy.

“Sports Science Handbook: A-H” by Simon P. R. Jenkins
from Sports Science Handbook: A-H
by Simon P. R. Jenkins
Multi-Science, 2005

Oktay Kutluk

Kutluk Oktay, MD, FACOG is one of the world's foremost experts in fertility preservation as well as ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilization for infertility treatments. He developed and performed the world's first ovarian transplantation procedures as well as pioneered new ovarian stimulation protocols for embryo and oocyte freezing for breast and endometrial cancer patients.

Mail: [email protected]
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Biography: https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/kutluk_oktay/
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  • My OBGYN said one cup of coffee is safe during pregnancy. It’s pretty simple to just avoid too much coffee and completely avoid alcohol. If anything you need to be careful with what herbal tea you drink and research the tea before drinking.

  • My mom went to a Mexican restaurant and ate cheese that was poison we have 50/50 chance of not living I had this my mom had listeria I was born prematurely 7 something months I had a hole in my heart and I came out the blue baby �� how’s the only case where I was born in the hospital. I was born October 27th 1991 I was supposed to be born on December. Don’t forget cinnamon tea it’s bad to intake Cinnamon when your pregnant. I didn’t know I had a baby family members thought I was but I didn’t really know and I was drinking cinnamon supposedly they told me don’t drink cinnamon.

  • There are many components to giving up alcohol including eg motivation and help from peers.

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  • Appreciate Video clip! Forgive me for the intrusion, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you researched Saankramer Life Card System (should be on google have a look)? It is a good one of a kind guide for learning how to stop drinking without the hard work. Ive heard some amazing things about it and my mate after a lifetime of fighting got great results with it.

  • Nice Video! Apologies for the intrusion, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you researched Saankramer Life Card System (just google it)? It is an awesome exclusive guide for learning how to stop drinking without the headache. Ive heard some decent things about it and my good mate called Gray after a lifetime of fighting got astronomical success with it.

  • Thank you for this. I am in the frustrating cycle of TTC. I want to live my life— but I also want a baby. But after 9 months… ugh… idk this is not easy. I’m 31. Breaks my heart how old I’m getting, an entire year down the drain. Blah.

  • You’re fine lol well it’s good to relax so. Absolutely do NOT smoke vapor nicotine. It will cause a miscarriage quicker than a regular cigg. It causes severe dehydration.try to space out the loads lol as long as your healthy its best. I quit and it took my body a couple yrs to get back normal..im sure if dont stop immediately it can cause learning disabilities etc