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The National Health & Medical Research Council Guidelines 'To reduce health risks from drinking alcohol' are clear: to prevent harm from alcohol to their unborn child, women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should not drink alcohol. 

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to consuming alcohol when trying for a baby.  

Is it ok to drink when trying for a baby?

The safest choice when trying for a baby is for both parents to avoid alcohol. As there is usually a two-week window between ovulation and being able to confirm a pregnancy, it’s important that women don’t drink alcohol until they know whether they are pregnant or not.

Why is it important for men to avoid alcohol when trying to conceive a baby?

There is still a lot that we don’t know about how alcohol affects sperm, so the safest option is for both parents to avoid alcohol when trying for a baby.

What should I do if I’m worried about my drinking?

You should talk to your doctor, midwife or obstetrician if you’re worried you have consumed alcohol while pregnant or are struggling to stop drinking whilst planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding. 

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