NO ALCOHOL DURING PREGNANCY is a message for all times ...
In these times of isolation, increased stress from loss of jobs, working from home, missing family and friends and an unknown future ... it can be difficult to abstain from alcohol when partners or other family members are drinking and sharing the experience on new online platforms. At this time it is even more important that we support women who are planning a pregnancy, who are pregnant or breastfeeding to not drink alcohol.
Why is alcohol as risk?
Alcohol crosses the placenta and can interrupt or change the normal development of a fetus, including the brain and other organs at any stage during pregnancy. The baby is exposed to the same level of alcohol as the mother.
No amount of alcohol at any time during pregnancy is guaranteed to be completely 'safe' or 'risk free' for the developing baby.
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy is associated with a range of impairments which can be physical, cognitive and behavioural.