Pregnant Pause is an initiative developed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an independent not-for-profit working to stop the harm caused by alcohol.
The campaign encourages Australians to go alcohol free during their pregnancy, or the pregnancy of their partner, family member, friend or loved one.
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with a range of adverse consequences including miscarriage, still or premature birth, low birth weights and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
That’s why the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia’s guidelines state that not drinking alcohol is the safest option. There is no known ‘safe’ time or level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
We know that this seemingly easy task of giving up alcohol can be challenging. Alcohol and socialising often go hand in hand and varied ‘expert’ and anecdotal information can place pressure on mums-to-be to drink.
Pregnant Pause wants to make it easier on mums-to-be, with a campaign to build a strong support system to help women achieve an alcohol free pregnancy and raise awareness of this important health message.
If we can do that, we can make FASD history.
Make the pledge to go alcohol free, by registering to take a Pregnant Pause today.
We’re expecting in the ACT
After Pregnant Pause was launched nationally in 2013, the innovative campaign soon attracted Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government support.
Supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants program, Pregnant Pause will be working closely with local partners over the next three years (2016-2019) to encourage as many Canberrans to make the pledge to go alcohol free and contribute towards a healthier ACT community.