Since alcohol use in pregnancy is already stigmatized, this can be a difficult topic to address. It is important to understand that pregnant women are often subject to both wanted and unwelcome advice from friends, family, and even strangers about how to have a healthy pregnancy, so they may find a discussion about this topic patronizing, even if you have the best of intentions. Therefore, NOFAS advises anyone discussing the issue with a friend, family member, or patient to be respectful and non-accusatory when discussing alcohol use during pregnancy.
Pregnant women who do drink alcohol do not intentionally plan to harm their babies. They may drink because they do not have accurate information about the risk or they are unable to stop drinking without help. There are resources at nofas.org for those who need more information about the risk or who are having difficulty abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy.
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