No known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy
There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy. There is also no safe time to drink when pregnant, and not drinking alcohol is the safest option for breastfeeding mothers. While WIC’s role in preventing substance abuse is limited, staff can play a valuable part in the process by providing information about alcohol's impact on women's health, especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and refer participants suspected of alcohol abuse for counseling or treatment.
Did You Know?
Find this and other information in this Fetal Alcohol Exposure brochure. Be sure to check other resources below.
Resources on WIC Works
- Give Your Baby a Healthy Start: Tips for Pregnant Women and New Mothers - WIC agencies can download or order (for free!) from the WIC publication ordering page.
- Substance Use Prevention: Screening, Education and Referral Resource Guide for Local WIC Agencies - designed to help WIC staff integrate alcohol, drug, and other harmful substance use-related information and referral elements into their clinic activities.
- Substance Use and Medication Safety - features a wide range of free materials and educational resources, many in Spanish, to learn more about, and educate participants on, alcohol use.
- WIC Breastfeeding Support - moms can learn about how alcohol, as well as smoking, drugs and prescription medications, affect breastfeeding
- Drinking and Your Pregnancy, an additional resource targeting American Indian moms, provides answers to common questions and a handout
- The Indian Health Service’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) that offers alcohol and substance abuse programs within Tribal communities
- CDC fact sheets on Excessive Alcohol Use and Risks to Women's Health
- The Office on Women’s Health blog post, “What’s Your Relationship With Alcohol?”, to help women better understand their relationship with alcohol and what it means for their health and that of their children and family
- SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator for individuals who may need assistance with substance use or behavioral health issues (SAMHSA also provides language assistance services in more than 15 languages)
Coping with Stress and Mental Health Resources
Indian Health Service
HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
HHS, Office on Women's Health
HHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration