FASD: Facts, Myths & Mocktails

No amount of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy. For FASD Awareness Month in September, we’ve put together some mocktail recipes. Read our myths and facts, then fix yourself a mocktail! Scroll down for recipes.

Myths & Facts

Myth: It’s safe to have an occasional glass of wine during pregnancy.
Fact: The American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) says no amount of alcohol is safe during any trimester of pregnancy.

Myth: Drinking beer increases milk production in nursing moms.
Fact: Alcohol does not increase milk supply. AAP recommends avoiding alcohol while breastfeeding as it is passed through breastmilk. If alcohol is consumed, you should wait two hours before breastfeeding.

Myth: If a woman admits she has a drinking problem during pregnancy, her health care provider will report her to children and youth services.
Fact: “Asking for help is a strength,” says Barbara Werner of Community Prevention Partnership. “Your health care information is protected and not shared with children and youth services. The only reason a report can be made is if abuse or neglect is suspected. Getting help is a positive.” The sooner a pregnant woman stops drinking, the better it will be for her baby and herself.


Mocktail Recipes

Mulled Cider
Ingredients: 1 liter apple cider | 1 orange, sliced | ¼ cup brown sugar | 4 cloves | 1 cinnamon stick
Click here for recipe

Harry Potter Butterbeer
4 cans cream soda | ¼ cup butterscotch syrup | whipped cream
Directions: Pour soda into large bowl or cauldron, stir in syrup, serve topped with whipped cream

Paige’s Potion
Ingredients: Rainbow sherbet | ginger ale | pineapple juice | gummy worms | food coloring (optional)
Directions: Combine ginger ale and juice in a large pitcher. Add food coloring if desired. Before serving, add sherbet and top with gummy worms.

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