Drinking in Pregnancy
If you’re pregnant a major factor to consider is how alcohol will affect you and your developing baby.
If you continue to drink after you have discovered you are pregnant you put your baby at risk of developing Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – this is an umbrella term used to describe a range of physical, behavioural and cognitive effects that could arise as a result of mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
Whereas previously the occasional drink (one or two units once or twice a week) was considered OK for a pregnant woman, Government advice now states that pregnant women should avoid alcohol altogether.
Many women do not realize they are pregnant straight away, therefore the same advice is aimed at women trying to conceive – ditch the booze.