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Need a Drink?

The holidays are coming… the champagne is flowing … you're ready to relax at the end of the day. But If you're trying to get pregnant, your Ob/Gyn or fertility doctor would advise you to think before you drink.

"OK, but I'm not catching a buzz. An occasional glass can't hurt, right?"

The fact is, there is simply no research or data that concludes there is any "safe" amount of alcohol to drink when you are pregnant or trying to conceive. And if you are undergoing fertility treatment, a recent study found that drinking as few as four drinks per week (that is less than one per day for those of you who are keeping count) decreased the chances of a live birth rate by 16 percent.

For more information on alcohol and fertility, read Alcohol and Fertility and Alcohol and IVF: Do They Mix?

Getting pregnant is hard enough without anything impairing your success. And alcohol is the most common preventable cause of mental and physical birth defects in U.S. babies — every year, about 40,000 are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

The safest thing to do when the cork gets popped? Take Nancy Reagan's age-old advice and "Just Say No!"

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