CDC: Women shouldn’t drink unless on birth control

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — New Center For Disease Control guidelines are recommending that unless on birth control, sexually active women should refrain from drinking alcohol in order to avoid exposing their baby to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders cause developmental issues and are 100% preventable.

The CDC says about half of pregnancies in the U.S are unplanned and that most women don’t know they are pregnant until 4-6 weeks.”This means a woman might be drinking and exposing her developing baby to alcohol without knowing it,” the report states.

According to the CDC, 3 in 4 women who want to get pregnant as soon as possible still drink alcohol.

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