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Alcohol, drugs and tobacco use during pregnancy

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Your baby is completely dependent on you for everything, so your diet must include foods that supply what your baby needs to build a healthy body.

But​​​, just as your baby gets its food from you:

  • If you smoke – so does your baby
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages – so does your baby
  • If you use drugs or medicines – so does your baby

Alcohol, tobacco, drugs and some medicines harm your developing baby and may cause developmental and health problems later.

If you do any of these potentially harmful things, now is the time to change. Talk to your health care provider; they will be able to help you.