MY BABY & ME
For Expecting and New Moms
My Baby and Me is a program that helps women like you work towards having alcohol-free pregnancies.
You sign up for the program with your prenatal provider (nurse, WIC office, PNCC worker). View the My Baby & Me locations in Wisconsin.
Your provider will:
- Ask you some questions about your pre-pregnancy alcohol use and use now that you are pregnant. Your provider may also help you plan for after your baby is born.
- Ask you about your plans to have an alcohol-free pregnancy
- Help you prepare for triggers – these are the places, people, and situations that will make it hard to stay alcohol-free.
- Give you free gifts for you and your baby. One early on in your pregnancy and one late in your pregnancy or after the baby arrives.
You can also sign up for extra support programs. We have a texting program and a private Facebook support group.
Why Should You Be Concerned About Alcohol?
When you drink, alcohol travels through the placenta and umbilical cord to your baby. Your baby will absorb all of the alcohol and have the same blood alcohol content as you do.
The Institute of Medicine says, “Of all the substances of abuse (including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana), alcohol produces by far the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the fetus.”
It is not known if there is a “safe” amount of alcohol. It is has been proven that heavy drinking is clearly linked to birth defects, and even small amounts of alcohol have been linked to negative outcomes. Every woman is different and every pregnancy is different. That is why the My Baby & Me program recommends that women avoid alcohol while pregnant.
Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause:
- Babies to be born early (prematurely) – which has many complications like breathing, heart, and eye problems
- Low birth weight
- Miscarriage or Stillbirth
- Birth Defects, and/or
- Learning, Emotional, and Behavioral problems in children
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) refers to a range of problems associated with alcohol use during pregnancy. The effects can be mild to very, very serious and can last a lifetime. Brain damage is one of the potential serious effects of FASD. It can result in severe learning and behavior problems.