Alcohol and pregnancy

If you drink at any time during your pregnancy, the alcohol can affect your baby.

Avoid alcohol during pregnancy

It is advised that all pregnant women avoid alcohol completely during their pregnancy.

No ‘safe’ level of alcohol use during pregnancy has ever really been established so the safest approach is not to drink at all when you're expecting.


  • drinking too much alcohol during your pregnancy can lead to your baby being born with birth defects and brain damage.  This in turn, can lead to serious long term problems for your baby.
  • Drinking alcohol is potentially most harmful for your baby in the first three months of pregnancy when it is linked to miscarriage and birth abnormalities.  Drinking in the second half of your pregnancy can affect how your baby grows and develops.
  • drinking heavily (more than six units a day) throughout pregnancy can cause your baby to develop a serious condition called Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) - which means your child could have restricted growth, facial abnormalities and learning and behavioural disorders. 

If you have any concerns with your alcohol intake or would like to talk to someone in more detail please speak to your midwife, GP or a healthcare professional.

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Last updated: 20 October 2017 08:27:43