Avoiding alcohol in pregnancy
If you’re trying to get pregnant, both you and your partner should avoid alcohol. If your partner doesn’t want to avoid alcohol, your partner shouldn’t drink more than two standard drinks a day.
No safe levels of alcohol in pregnancy or while breastfeeding
There are no safe levels of alcohol in pregnancy. Drinking alcohol in pregnancy can harm your unborn baby. Not drinking while pregnant is safest.
Drinking alcohol when you’re pregnant can lead to problems with your child’s health, learning, and emotional and social development. The most serious problem fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
If you’re breastfeeding, it’s safest not to drink alcohol. Alcohol passes straight into breastmilk and can affect your baby’s development.
Alternatives to drinking alcohol in pregnancy
You can have non-alcoholic drinks like water, milk, herbal teas and non-alcoholic wine and beer. Check the label of non-alcoholic drinks because some can contain small amounts of alcohol.
If you drink alcohol to manage stress, look for other ways to relax or treat yourself. For example, you could take a bath, have a massage, or go for a walk.
If you can stop drinking in pregnancy, it’s good for your health and your baby’s. If you need support, speak to your GP or midwife.