How to Have a Healthy Baby

The FASD Center for Excellence has released an updated version of its How to Have a Healthy Baby booklet series. The series consists of three booklets. Each booklet provides useful guidance for preventing FASD by supporting women in remaining alcohol-free during pregnancy.

Originally released in 2004, the revised booklets now feature expanded content and graphics, updated citations, and a simplified layout for easier readability. The booklets can be downloaded for free and disseminated to friends, family members, or personal providers, and can also be printed and used as education/training handouts or in rack displays in provider’s offices.

TIPS FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

Alcohol and pregnancy can be an unfortunate mix. Many people don’t know that like a pregnant woman’s use of tobacco or drugs, her use of alcohol can hurt her fetus.

The truth is, drinking alcohol while pregnant is risky.

There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy. Yet, many pregnant women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol think it cannot harm their babies.

There is no safe type of alcohol to use during pregnancy. A bottle of beer, a glass of wine, home brew, a “forty,” hard lemonade, or “alcopops”—even some energy drinks—all carry the same risk as drinking a shot of hard liquor or a mixed drink made with liquor. They all contain about the same amount of alcohol.

There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy can permanently damage the fetal brain and other parts of the body. Some research indicates that the brain is especially vulnerable to alcohol during the first few weeks of fetal development.

Click to download booklet ‘Tips for Providers’

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 TIPS FOR MEN/PARTNERS

Are you planning to be or about to become a father? How about an uncle or a grandfather? Do you have a daughter, cousin, or good friend who is planning to become pregnant or is a mother­to­be?

If you are close to a woman or girl who is pregnant or who is thinking of getting pregnant who drinks alcohol, you can increase her chances to have a

healthy baby if you help her stop drinking beverages that contain alcohol. Tell her that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause her child to have serious conditions called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Click to download ‘Tips for Men/Partners’

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 TIPS FOR WOMEN

You could be an aunt­ to ­be or a grandmother ­to ­be.You could be a mother, cousin, best friend, or a close co­worker to a woman or girl who is a mother ­to ­be.

If you are close to a woman or girl who is pregnant or who is thinking of getting pregnant, who drinks
alcohol, you can increase her chances to have a healthy baby if you help her stop drinking beverages that
contain alcohol. Tell her that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause her child to have serious conditions called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Click to download ‘Tip for Women’

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