Before, During, and After Giving Birth

elshaSafe motherhood begins before conception with good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. It continues with appropriate prenatal care and preventing problems if they arise. The ideal result is a full-term pregnancy without unnecessary interventions, the delivery of a healthy baby.

Pregnancy and childbirth have a huge impact on the physical, mental, emotional, and socioeconomic health of women and their families. Pregnancy-related health outcomes are influenced by a woman’s health and other factors like race, ethnicity, age, and income.

 Five Things You Should Know about Drinking Alcohol during Pregnancy

  1. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born with birth defects and have disabilities.
  2. There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe to drink while pregnant.
  3. There is no safe time to drink during pregnancy.
  4. Too many women continue to drink during pregnancy.
  5. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are 100% preventable if women do not drink alcohol during pregnancy.

If a woman is drinking alcohol during pregnancy, it is never too late to stop.   The sooner a woman stops drinking, the better it will be for both her baby and herself.   If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and cannot stop drinking, get help! 


  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Hawaii
    [Oahu 808-951-6660/Toll-free 808-951-6601]                                     
  • March of Dimes                                                                                    
  • Hawaii Department of Health                                                                
  • Perinatal Support Services                                                                             PERINATAL SUPPORT SERVICES
  • DOH Family Planning                                                                                     FAMILY PLANNING
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division Prevention and Treatment Programs
  • The Path Clinic                                                                                    
  • Hawaii Psychology Association                                                            
  • Hawaii Association of Addiction and Drug Abuse Counselors              
  • Alcohol Anonymous                                                                              


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