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Alcohol and pregnancy

Published: 12/01/2018

This information outlines the effects of drinking alcohol on your baby’s development while you are pregnant.

This information is for you if you are pregnant or are planning to have a baby. It may also be helpful if you are a partner, relative or friend of someone who is pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Information covered in this leaflet:

  • How drinking alcohol will affect your unborn baby
  • What fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) are
  • Information about breastfeeding
  • Further information and support available

This information has been developed by the RCOG Patient Information Committee. It is based on the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking Guidelines (Department of Health, 2016), which is available at:


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