Fertility and Pregnancy
Drinking between one and five alcoholic drinks a week can affect a woman’s ability to conceive and drinking alcohol excessively can also affect the quality of a man’s sperm. Please follow this link to find out more.
The Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend that if you’re pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.
Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, and the more you drink the greater the risk.
When you have a drink the alcohol passes from your bloodstream through the placenta directly into your unborn baby’s blood. The risks to your baby’s health grow the more you drink. Find out more here.
Drinking heavily throughout pregnancy can cause your baby to develop a serious condition called foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Children with FAS have:
- Poor growth
- Facial abnormalities
- Learning and behavioural problems
The good news is we’re here to help. If you’d like a confidential chat about your drinking, call us on 01302 730956.