Why no alcohol is the best option
There is a lot of information out there and as soon as you become pregnant everyone seems to be an expert on the subject!
Instead of relying on the urban myths or stories from your friends-mums-neighbours-colleague, when it comes to giving your child the best possible start in life, it’s important to focus on the research evidence.
Australia’s national guidelines, developed by health professionals, say that for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, no alcohol is the safest option.
This is because alcohol can affect your unborn baby for life.
There is no safe type of alcohol, no safe amount, or no safe time to consume alcohol during pregnancy.
Alcohol can also reduce fertility in both men and women. If you’re planning a pregnancy or having difficulty conceiving, why not reduce your alcohol intake to see the difference it can make.
If this news was an unplanned, but welcome, surprise and you had a few drinks before learning of your pregnancy don’t be alarmed. Talk to your doctor, midwife or health professional, and make sure you’re receiving good routine antenatal care.
It’s important to remember that it is never too late to cut down or stop drinking alcohol during your pregnancy.
Even a small change can make a big difference for you and your baby.
Paediatrician Dr James Fitzpatrick fills you in on what your doctor might have missed.