The best time for the mother (and the father) to stop drinking alcohol is when trying to get pregnant. Then, there is no chance that alcohol can harm the future baby.
The good news is that most women stop drinking when they learn they are pregnant. Unfortunately, it may take several weeks to confirm a pregnancy. If a woman is drinking during this time, her fetus is exposed to alcohol.
Parents may worry about how alcohol has affected their unborn baby. Alcohol can affect the part of the baby’s brain and body that is developing at the time the pregnant woman is drinking. Each day without alcohol is healthier for the baby.
Good nutrition, reduced stress, caring relationships, regular medical care, and avoiding substances, like alcohol, add up to healthier babies and families.