What is a safe amount to drink?

What is a safe amount to drink?

The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol state very clearly that maternal alcohol consumption can harm the developing fetus or breastfeeding baby and for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, not drinking is the safest option. They also state that for women who are breastfeeding, not drinking is also the safest option.

The latest research-backed information on the healthiest options for you, your partner, and your baby– from Telethon Kids Institute

Questions & Answers about Alcohol Use & Pregnancy

True and False FASD Fast Facts

It’s not just Mums who need to avoid alcohol when trying for a baby

What men can do – alcohol, pregnancy and prevention of FASD

Alcohol & Breastfeeding – A Guide for Mothers from the Australian Breastfeeding Asociation

Feed Safe – alcohol & breastfeeding app free download

Hello Sunday Morning – helpful resources for changing your drinking behaviour

The Daybreak app by Hello Sunday Morning helps people change their relationship with alcohol
Chat with health coaches and access a supportive community with their free app

Some ideas for saying no to alcohol when you are pregnant, planning or could become pregnant.

Some women may not want to disclose they are pregnant just yet. Remember, you do not have to justify or explain why you choose not to consume alcohol. However, in social settings you may choose to say:

No, thank you, I’m not drinking tonight.
No, thank you, but a juice would be wonderful.
No, thank you. I have to drive.
I have a big day/ early meeting tomorrow so no thanks.
I’m not feeling the best so would rather not, thanks.

If people already know you’re pregnant ask those closest to you to give you support and in these situations you may choose to say:

No thanks!
I’d rather have juice, thanks.
No thanks, I’m being kind to my baby!
No thanks, when I drink alcohol so does my baby!
No thanks, not while I’m pregnant!
No thanks, my baby’s too young to drink alcohol!
No thanks, I’m celebrating being pregnant!

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