Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a public health issue due to its high prevalence and maternal-fetal repercussions. Alcohol itself is a teratogen associated with many injuries on embryo-fetal development, especially in the brain, the most vulnerable organ. A safe amount of alcohol that a pregnant woman could consume is not defined. Therefore, complete abstinence is recommended throughout all pregnancy. This project aims to investigate the expectancies and motives towards alcohol consumption during pregnancy in a group of women from the city of São Carlos, São Paulo. It is an exploratory, clinical-qualitative research, in which 15 women who were pregnant during 2015, and were identified as alcohol consumers in the puerperal period through the T-ACE questionnaire, will be interviewed in-depth according to a pre-established themarium, which will translate into open questions articulated within a complex network with the object of study. The collected data will be recorded and the reports transcribed, composing a corpus that will be investigated by the categorical thematic analysis technique. The results will be organized into categories and themes, which are going to be examined and discussed with the aid of literature and clinical experience of the researchers, through a comprehensive and interpretative approach. It is ultimately intended to contribute to health care provided to women and to collaborate with the construction of a prevention program about neurodevelopmental delay, intellectual disability and birth defects.
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