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alcohol-consumption1Although the combination of alcohol and pregnancy is generally accepted as a bad one, many are unsure if it is an absolute no-no.

Britain’s Department of Health recommends that pregnant women, or women trying for a baby, should avoid alcohol altogether.

If they do choose to drink, to minimise risk to the baby, the government’s advice is to not have more than one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week, and not to get drunk.

A standard glass of 175ml wine contains more than two units, drinking any more than one to two units once or twice a week means you could be putting your baby’s health at serious risk.

Alcohol can have a harmful effect on your baby's development at any stage.The more you drink the greater the risk you are taking with your baby’s health.

Miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, small birth weight, and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are all associated with a mother’s binge drinking – consuming more than six units on one occasion whilst pregnant.

Official government guidance advises that if you’re trying to have a baby, you should stop drinking. This is to protect the baby in case you’re pregnant and don’t realise it.

However, alcohol doesn’t cause problems only once you are pregnant. There is good scientific evidence that alcohol can reduce fertility in both men and women.

It’s another reason why, if you’re trying to have a baby, both you and your partner might want to cut back on drinking.

Source: Drinkaware