Fathers-to-be stop using alcohol AT LEAST THREE MONTHS BEFORE

Father holding newborn child

‘The drugs in a man’s system may lead to lower birth weight, birth defects or serious illnesses for the child after birth.’

baby's hand over parent's hand

‘Men are advised to stop using alcohol and other drugs at least three months before attempting fertilization.’

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, 1999, ‘Paternal Contribution to Birth Defects’, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Information Sheet, http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dada/fas/fas.htm

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