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Don't drink alcohol during your pregnancy. No level of alcohol has been proved safe during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, which can result in both physical and mental birth defects.

If you have a drink or two before you realize you're pregnant, don't panic. It's unlikely that drinking a small amount of alcohol early in the pregnancy will do harm. However, stop drinking alcohol as soon as you suspect you're pregnant — better still, quit before you try to become pregnant.

■ When to seek medical help for use of alcohol

If you find it hard to stop drinking, get help. Talk with your health care provider about your options.

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