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Alcohol and pregnancy

Published: 10/02/2015

This information is for you if you’re pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. It outlines the effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and provides advice about what is thought to be a safe amount to drink before and during your pregnancy. It also tells you about:

  • A safe limit when you are not pregnant
  • A safe limit when you are pregnant (both before and after the pregnancy is confirmed)
  • Available information and support if you are drinking above a safe limit
  • The effect of drinking above a safe limit on the baby’s development in the womb

This information will help you to make informed choices about your own drinking. It aims to help you and your healthcare team make the best decisions about your care.

This patient information leaflet is based on Nice Guideline Antenatal care: Routine care for the healthy pregnant woman.

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