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Drinking during pregnancy

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, it is better not to drink alcohol. Alcohol can be passed to your unborn baby and too much exposure to alcohol can affect your baby’s development.

If you choose to drink, protect your baby by not drinking more than one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week and don’t get drunk. The advice given to women who are pregnant is to avoid alcohol in the first three months in particular because of the increased risk of miscarriage.

Get information, advice and tips on how to cut down on your drinking.

If you are having difficulty cutting down on the amount you drink, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Confidential help and support is also available from Drinkline on 0800 917 8282 or Lewisham Drugs and Alcohol Service on 020 8314 5566.

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