Promoting Alcohol Free Pregnancies
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders(FASD) is the leading cause of birth defects in the United States. Although there is no cure, FASD is 100% preventable. The only cause of FASD is drinking alcohol during pregnancy. We know that there is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink and no safe kind of alcohol.
NOFAS Fact Sheet on preventing an FASD
The Surgeon General urges women not to drink alcohol if they are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are sexually active and do not use effective birth control. This is because a woman could become pregnant and not know for several weeks or more; thus exposing her baby to the harmful effects of alcohol.
Read more about what the Surgeon General has to say about alcohol during pregnancy.
Special Thanks to the March of Dimes and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Service for making this website possible!
As a leader in the promotion of Preconception Health and in fulfilling their Mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, the NC Chapter of the March of Dimes, has provided funding for the initiation of this website. The NC Division of MH/DD/SAS supports the delivery of this website through the funding of the North Carolina Teratogen Information Service.