If you are pregnant, the safest choice is to not drink alcohol when you are pregnant or could become pregnant. There is NO known safe amount, safe time, or safe kind of alcohol to drink when you are pregnant.
Public health nurses work with pregnant women in Chippewa County to help them have a healthy baby.
- Individualized counseling
- education sessions on a variety of topics
- Free educational materials
- Incentive gifts.
Even if you have quit drinking during pregnancy the My Baby and Me program teaches you about low risk drinking for women. Women process alcohol differently than men do and can have more health problems as a result of alcohol use. If you are not pregnant and don’t have a problem with alcohol, low risk drinking for women is no more than 3 standard drinks on one occasion or a total of 7 drinks in one week.
- Wisconsin leads the nation in drinking by women of childbearing age (18-44 year olds).
- 24% of Wisconsin women aged 18-44 binge drink (4 or more standard drinks on one occasion).
- Each year approximately 150-200 Wisconsin babies are negatively affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
(Source: Wisconsin Bureau of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, 2001 BRFSS Data).
If you are pregnant and have been drinking alcohol, it is not too late to stop.
Help is available.
Contact Chippewa County Public Health at 715-726-7900 or 1-800-400-3678 and ask to speak to a public health intake nurse.