Lorraine Greaves and Nancy Poole: Sex, booze and the three of you

Author of the article: Nancy Poole, Lorraine Greaves

It’s a good time to think about the risks of drinking alcohol if you are having sex without contraception. And especially if you are already pregnant

Conceiving a baby and drinking alcohol? Not a great idea.

Almost half of Canadian pregnancies are truly unexpected. Most women don’t know they are pregnant for six to eight weeks. Even planned pregnancies can take a while to achieve.

Whatever the situation, mixing alcohol, sex and possible pregnancy can be dangerous.

Drinking alcohol while trying to conceive, if you are pregnant but don’t know it yet, or while pregnant, is a risky business. There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy. Exposure to alcohol can cause damage to a fetus, and sometimes lead to a lifelong disability called “fetal alcohol spectrum disorder,” or FASD for short. This can include challenges with memory, thinking, judgment, attention, communication, social skills, and some physical health conditions. Having FASD is already a big challenge for four per cent of Canadians. There is no cure for FASD, but it is preventable with awareness, good policies, and the right supports for women and their partners.

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