Drinking alcohol during pregnancy

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy

The Chief Medical Officer recommends that if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest option is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep the risks to your baby to a minimum.

When you drink, alcohol passes from your blood through the placenta and to your baby. A baby’s liver is one of the last organs to develop and doesn’t mature until the latter stages of pregnancy. Your baby cannot process alcohol as well as you can, and too much exposure to alcohol can seriously affect their development.

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