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​​Perinatal Substance Use Prevention

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Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause growth deficits and permanent harm to the central nervous system of fetuses, affecting both mental and physical functioning of children. A safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy has not been established. Because the effects of alcohol use during pregnancy are so detrimental, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy drink no alcohol at all.
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