What's best for your baby?

The simple fact is, alcohol and pregnancy just don't mix.  When you're pregnant, the health of your unborn baby will obviously be the most important consideration - and drinking while pregnant could result in birth defects.

Effects passed on

FAS (Foetal Alcohol Syndrome) and FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders)

There is evidence that even drinking one or two units a day can lead to health and development problems for baby. Any alcohol you drink while pregnant will reach your baby via the placenta and may cause harm.

Even small quantities of alcohol can cause Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). FAS and FASD can cause life-long learning and behavioural problems, so the choices you make now can have life-long effects on your child.

Steer clear

Pregnant women should avoid drinking alcohol - and that also applies to women trying to conceive. There is no 'safe' time for drinking alcohol during pregnancy and there is no 'safe' amount. Drinking no alcohol during pregnancy is the best and safest choice. For more information on pregnancy, birth and parenthood go to www.readysteadybaby.org