If you drink alcohol during pregnancy you risk causing harm to your baby.

Sometimes this can result in mental and physical problems in the baby, called foetal alcohol syndrome.

This can occur because alcohol in the mother's blood passes to her baby through the placenta.

Your baby cannot process alcohol as well as you can, which means it can damage cells in their brain, spinal cord and other parts of their body, and disrupt their development in the womb.

This can result in the loss of the pregnancy. Babies that survive may be left with lifelong problems.

Foetal alcohol syndrome is a type of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the name for all the various problems that can affect children if their mother drinks alcohol in pregnancy.

information taken from NHS Website - June 2020

​You can obtain more information by clicking on the links below


National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome​​​

If you're pregnant and struggling with an alcohol problem, talk to a midwife, doctor or pharmacist.

It's never too late to stop drinking: stopping at any point during pregnancy can help reduce the ris​k of problems in your baby.

Confidential help and support is also available from:

Drinkline – the national alcohol helpline; if you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, call this free helpline on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm)

Open Road - Open Road is an established Drug and Alcohol Recovery support charity in Essex and Medway. Open Road provides a variety of services to support individuals on their journey to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.