This is such an exciting time. All of the healthier lifestyle tips on our planning  a pregnancy  page are still important. Many pregnancies are unplanned. Your choices from here forward matter.

Have Your NOments: Pregnant and alcohol-free

Louise Thompson, who is 7 months pregnant, sits down with Consultant Paedritrician, Dr Inyang Takon, to discuss the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and where to go for more info and support. Louise is drinking a strawberry mocktail and Dr Inyang is drinking a virgin mojito.

Had some drinks before you knew?

You are not alone. We know there are many reasons women might drink in pregnancy. There is no judgement here. Many pregnancies are unplanned. Sometimes women have not had the information they need to understand the risks of alcohol in pregnancy.

It’s better for baby the sooner you can stop – the brain in particular is developing throughout the pregnancy.

Please discuss any concerns with your GP, midwife or health visitor. If you need help quitting or if you are drinking heavily, they can point you toward local resources and support.


Not every alcohol exposed pregnancy results in FASD. No one can predict which child who was exposed to alcohol in pregnancy will have FASD.


What to look for

If you educate yourself about the signs of FASD, should your child have any symptoms or if you have concerns as your child grows, you can raise those with the GP or health visitor and seek an FASD assessment. Early diagnosis and appropriate support create brighter futures. FASD-informed parenting tips are available on this site. Find a community of others who understand the pressures you might be feeling. More information is available on National FASD’s website. You are not alone! 

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