Posts Tagged ‘beer’

Thinking of having a baby? Now is the time to stop drinking alcohol

Monday, April 4th, 2016

2015D015_3603_rtYou’ve probably heard that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can be harmful to your baby. But did you know you should also stop drinking alcohol before trying to conceive?

It can be difficult to determine an accurate date of conception. It takes two weeks after conception to get an accurate pregnancy test result. This means that you may be drinking alcoholic beverages during the early stages of your pregnancy, before you learn you are pregnant.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a range of serious problems including miscarriage, premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and stillbirth. The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) states that alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and learning disabilities.

FASDs can be costly, too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The lifetime cost for one individual with FAS in 2002 was estimated to be $2 million. This is an average for people with FAS and does not include data on people with other FASDs. People with severe problems, such as profound intellectual disability, have much higher costs. It is estimated that the cost to the United States for FAS alone is over $4 billion annually.

The good news is that FASD is entirely preventable. If you stop drinking alcohol before and during pregnancy, you can prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and other conditions caused by alcohol.

So if you are trying to become pregnant or are already pregnant, steer clear of alcohol. If you have problems stopping, visit us for tips.

If you have a child with FASD, see our post on how to help babies born with FASD.

Have questions? Send them to AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

Cocktails anyone?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week. Between both of our families, friends, and our jobs we’re going to be plenty busy visiting and attending holiday parties. My husband is thrilled to have a designated driver all season long. I don’t mind, but while everyone’s clinking wine glasses I might feel a little left out. There’s just something un-festive about toasting with a glass of water. That’s why I decided to research some fun, contemporary, alcohol-free cocktails online. 

I came across these fabulous ideas for getting started. 1. Choose the right stem wear. Select a fine wine or martini glass or champagne flute.  2. Use garnish such as a slice of lime, mint leaves, lemon rind, or a maraschino cherry. 3. Add some sparkle! Use a wine charm on your glass. 4. Be creative. Combine club soda with tropical or exotic fruit juices. 

Here’s my plan. I have tall, skinny pilsner glasses at home. I plan to make cranberry juice ice-cubes and fill an entire glass. Then I’m going to add club soda and a slice of lime. If you have any recipes or style ideas please feel free to share. Have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers!