Alcohol and Drugs
When you drink alcohol it passes from your blood through the placenta and to your baby. A baby’s liver is one of the last organs to develop fully and does not mature until the last half of pregnancy. Your baby cannot process alcohol as well as you can and too much exposure to alcohol can seriously affect your baby’s development. Because of this risk, avoid drinking alcohol if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Read more about drinking alcohol in pregnancy here.
If you feel like you may be addicted to alcohol, there are some helpful links here:
Using recreational drugs
If you use drugs (or alcohol) it’s much better to access specialist drug or addition services before you become pregnant, or as soon as possible after a positive pregnancy test. Staff who work in these services will offer to help you in a non-judgmental way, and you will be supported throughout you pregnancy by a named key worker. The main aim of teatment is for you and your baby to be healthy. There is specialist midwifery support for pregnant women and new mothers, and with your consent your midwife will refer you to get extra help.