No. Alcohol can damage the fetus at any stage of pregnancy because the fetus is continually developing, even in the early weeks and before a woman knows she is pregnant. The Central Nervous System (the brain and spinal cord) develops throughout the pregnancy and therefore drinking at any time can cause damage to the baby’s brain.
Sources: Surgeon General’s Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy (2005), “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: From Research to Policy” Alcohol Research & Health (2010)
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