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Avoid Alcohol When Planning Pregnancy

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.

 
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