WEBSITE HELPS YOU PLAN FOR PREGNANCY OR NOT
Do you want to make a baby? If your answer is yes, you can start planning for
it. And if it’s no, you can plan for that, too.
The Ready or Not Alberta website ( readyornotalberta.ca) can help either way.
The interactive site provides information on drinking guidelines, nutrition,
medications, smoking and other factors that affect health before pregnancy.
It also includes the Reproductive Life Plan, a friendly online manual to help
people decide if they’re ready to have a baby and how they can prepare for
“When people have the information they need, they can decide what’s right
for them, beginning with where they are at now,” Silzer says. “It opens up
the conversation about their future, and helps guide their choices before
pregnancy. This can contribute to healthier children with healthier futures.”
Silzer says. Damage to a baby’s
developing brain and other organs can’t
Beyond its effects on babies, alcohol
affects our bodies in many ways,
including when we want to conceive. For
women, alcohol can disrupt their periods
(menstrual cycles) and reduce their
ability to conceive. These risks increase
with the amount of alcohol consumed.
The full effects of men’s alcohol
use on conception are not completely
understood. Alcohol can make it difficult
to get an erection and compromise
sperm health, making it harder to
conceive. The more alcohol you drink
and the more often you drink, the higher
the risk for problems.
Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking
Silzer says following Canada’s Low-Risk
Drinking Guidelines can improve the
possibility of conceiving and having a
For women who are not pregnant, the
guidelines suggest no more than two
drinks a day and a maximum of 10 a
week. For men, the guidelines suggest
no more than three drinks a day and
a maximum of 15 drinks a week, with
planned no-alcohol days. Some men
stop drinking completely to support
The guidelines recommend that no
alcohol is the safest choice when a
woman is trying to become pregnant, if
she thinks she’s pregnant.
Silzer adds that if women of child-bearing age regularly follow the low-risk
drinking guidelines, it can be easier
to abstain when they’re considering
pregnancy or when they’re pregnant. |a