CDC: Women Should Stop Drinking When They Stop Birth Control

Released: 2/3/2016

The CDC says that most women don’t stop drinking until they are four to six weeks pregnant. That is why the agency is recommending that women who want to get pregnant stop drinking alcohol when they stop using birth control.

The fetus doesn’t develop a liver until later stages in pregnancy, making the risks too high since a pregnant woman who drinks alcohol passes it along to her baby.


The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees , adding that the odds of a child developing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) increase by 12 times when a mother drinks in the first trimester.