Pre-Pregnancy and Alcohol Consumption

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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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.