Pre-Pregnancy and Alcohol Consumption

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I'm wondering if alcohol consumption can affect a woman's chances of getting pregnant?? If drinking 1-2 glasses of red wine 3 times a week is bad!!

Please advise??

ANSWER

My advice to anyone who is trying to conceive is to behave as if you were already pregnant. So take your prenatal vitamins, make sure you are up to date on your immunizations and pap smears, eat healthy, exercise every day, drink at least 2L of water each day, and avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and street drugs.

Getting "in shape" in these ways gives you and your baby the best chance for a good pregnancy.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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