Home Health Drinking in pregnancy: advice for women

Drinking in pregnancy: advice for women

by Gemma Melling

During pregnancy, there are lots of decisions and changes to make for yourself and for your baby such as taking folic acid and avoiding too much caffeine. Another important decision is whether it’s okay to drink alcohol whilst you are pregnant.

The UK Chief Medical Officer advises that pregnant women should avoid alcohol altogether.  It’s understandable that a woman who drinks regularly may want to continue drinking when they become pregnant, but it’s important to be aware of the dangers that this could put you and your baby in.

The information below may help you to decide . . .

Alcohol and pregnancy: the facts

Preventing alcohol relating birth conditions is very simple.  If you avoid alcohol throughout your pregnancy, you will completely remove the risk of all alcohol related birth issues and long-term conditions.

What are the risks?

Drinking whilst pregnant increases the risk of:-

  • Miscarriage – over 9,000 women are admitted to hospital each year for miscarriages caused by alcohol
  • Birth defects
  • Learning difficulties
  • Behavioural disorders
  • Problems with physical and emotional development

Avoiding alcohol reduces the risk of these things happening.

To find out more, visit the NHS Choices website.