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Avoid Alcohol When Planning Pregnancy

Women who are planning to become pregnant should not drink alcoholic beverages. That's because it can take four to six weeks before a woman knows she is pregnant. Those early weeks of pregnancy are critical for fetal development, and alcohol can have a profound effect. Fetal alcohol syndrome is the leading preventable cause of mental retardation, according to the March of Dimes.

Online Medical Reviewer: Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Date Last Reviewed: 2/24/2005
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