In this article, I want to talk about consuming alcohol when pregnant and breastfeeding. Why? Because I think it’s important to understand the reasons for recommendations and not just the recommendations themselves.
In this article:
- Alcohol during pregnancy
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Alcohol and breastfeeding
- Need help to stop drinking?
Public health organisations that prepare guides base their contents on current knowledge. Their advice isn’t provided on a whim but based on information that changes over time and considerations for things still unknown by the research community. That said, research allows us to understand phenomena better. Even if we can’t explain everything, we can follow how knowledge changes and improve the health of mothers and future babies as much as possible. This is called health promotion and prevention, acting early to avoid certain unfortunate situations that can be avoided.
The Institut national de la santé Publique du Québec (INSPQ) has just updated its data about consuming alcohol during pregnancy.
Did you know that the last research about consuming alcohol during pregnancy, which was completed in 2006, indicates that a bit more than 20% of women in Quebec state that they consumed alcohol at least once during their pregnancy? This is a very high percentage if we compare it to the rest of Canada, which is around 11%. We need to increase awareness.
Go to the next part about alcohol during pregnancy.