Ready for Pregnancy campaign urges mums and mums to be not to drink during pregnancy
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic many women planning to become, or who are pregnant, have taken a moment to stop and reflect on their health and wellbeing.
If you’re thinking of becoming pregnant or are pregnant, it’s a good time to go alcohol free. It will help you get your energy and fitness back, lose weight and help you protect your baby.
Alcoholic drinks are ‘empty calories’ with no nutritional value; don’t benefit your body in any way, so it’s never a good idea to substitute proper food for alcohol.
If you suffer from symptoms such as shaking, sweating or feeling sick and anxious before your first drink of the day, then do seek medical advice, before you stop drinking completely. Going alcohol free isn’t always easy. You can arrange to talk to your doctor or your midwife about ways to go alcohol-free safely.
For more advice and tips visit on going alcohol free.
Dr Anne Deans, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician, Chief of Service Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Frimley Health says:
“The safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.
“Drinking any alcohol can cause difficulties during your pregnancy. This could result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), causing lifelong disabilities for your child. There is no safe time or safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.
Frimley & Wexham Maternity Voices Partnership Co-chair Kate Hargreaves says:
“If you want to go alcohol free before pregnancy - this is your chance to get creative with some non-alcoholic alternatives. Think mocktails, juices, cordials or flavoured sparkling water.
“Why not make some refreshing mocktails at home? Mix tonic water with your favourite fruit, add some mint and ice - and don’t forget the swizzle stick! There are lots of tasty alternatives to drinking alcohol.“