Alcohol and Infertility

Alcohol and Infertility

You might hear that a small amount of alcohol is ok. Or that a glass of red wine every night is good for your health. But, if you're trying to get pregnant, those recommendations don't apply.

I'm telling you as a licensed physician, don't drink--whether you're trying to get pregnant or are already pregnant. Alcohol goes right into the blood stream and much of your blood gets circulated through the baby. It just isn't worth it.

Infertility in both Alcohol and infertility, fertility, facts about infertility men and women has been linked to drinking alcohol. Additionally, studies have shown that drinking three or more alcoholic drinks per week will contribute to infertility and/or delayed pregnancy.

Women who consume alcohol have been less successful conceiving through IVF (in-vitro fertilization).

Like smoking, consuming even small amounts of alcohol has been linked to miscarriage.

Low birth weight and premature birth have both been directly linked to consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.

If you are breastfeeding, I recommend avoiding alcohol. Up to 2% of the alcohol reaches the breast milk. That sounds like a small percentage, but, remember that your baby usually weights under 10 lbs. and is still developing.

These are lifestyle changes that may or may not be easy to accept. Many people turn to small amounts of alcohol to relieve stress. Or, they enjoy a social drink with friends.

If you, or someone you know, struggles with alcohol addiction--and that person is pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant--click on the link in the right column featuring the Pregnancy Miracle book.

This book will inspire you to "get healthy" and stay healthy. Do it for yourself and your baby.

Dr. Christine Strong, NMD

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