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Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
By: Alexa McIndoe, email@example.com
The holidays are fast approaching. This is a season full of celebration, family, friends and… alcohol. This can be quite difficult for pregnant women who may feel like they are left out of the fun because they are not drinking while they’re pregnant. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause permanent brain damage to their unborn child.
But you see wine, eggnog, champagne, holiday parties, the list goes on. So instead of focusing on the negatives of how you feel left out of the fun, we can focus on what an amazing gift you’re giving your unborn child, an alcohol-free pregnancy.
I was able to participate in a Twitter chat last week that was put on by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism #NIAAAchat. They are the lead agency for research on the health effects of alcohol. NIAAA and their followers gave some great insight on what to expect during the holidays and how to navigate the situations where you might be around during pregnancy.
Here are a couple takeaways to keep in mind to help you through the holidays while you abstain from drinking.
Bring your own drink
Sometimes you might be unsure if there’s going to be the non-alcoholic beverage you like so bring your favorite. Who’s going to say anything if you toast with a little ginger ale? If you feel like you’re missing out on alcohol, you might as well bring something tasty you like. Check out our Mocktails on Pinterest.
Hosts, please remember that not everyone drinks alcohol, pregnant or not pregnant. So to be courteous to others offer a selection of non-alcoholic drinks. This can include coffee regular and decaf, tea, Mocktails, soda, and plain eggnog. For the people who do drink, they can always add their alcohol to their own beverages.
Celebrate with support
Remember what the holidays are all about, being surrounded by friends, family and those who matter most. These people in your life can be your support system if you need help to abstain from drinking. This can also be a time to help educate people on why you are choosing not to drink. Alcohol continues to affect the brain and body long after you stop drinking, and what you drink your baby drinks.