Mother-of-three Breanna McGuire (26) had some odd cravings during pregnancy, but alcohol wasn’t one of them.
If some of the information on this website is new to you, you’re not alone. Sometimes it helps to hear and read the experiences of others.
We are asking people across Australia to share their experiences. Below are a collection of the personal stories, reflections and quotes about alcohol, pregnancy, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Hear stories from our community
Achieving an alcohol-free pregnancy is easier when you have support. For Melissa, it helped to know she was not alone and that the people around her supported her decision. Hear from Melissa about what helped her.
The experience of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is unique for each person. People with FASD have a range of strengths, talents, and interests, and may need physical, cognitive or behavioural support. Listen to Nikki’s insights on supporting a young person who lives with FASD.
When Lauren Pettis (35) and her husband, Phil, began trying for a baby at the end of 2020, the couple made the conscious decision to go alcohol-free for their pregnancy journey.
By anyone’s measure, Gilberto Spencer has lived – and is living – a very impressive life. The 36-year-old from Mexico has travelled the world and lived in major cities including Sydney, which he has called home for several years.
Jen found a range of enjoyable ways to stay healthy and active during her pregnancies with her sons. She also learned more about why it’s important to avoid alcohol during this time and while breastfeeding.
When Jessica was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) at age 33, it helped her to better understand herself and her experiences of the world. Hear about Jessica’s journey to her diagnosis and how she’s raising awareness of FASD in the community.
Angelene’s son lives with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In this video, she talks about alcohol dependence, her son’s FASD diagnosis and her life now as a passionate FASD advocate.
In this video, Claire talks about how helpful it was to have the support of the people around her, and shares the activities she enjoyed during her pregnancy.
Sophie had never been a big drinker. So, when her doctor confirmed Sophie’s pregnancy at six-and-a-half weeks, she mentioned the two to three occasions of drinking more than a couple of glasses of wine.
Share your story
Interested in sharing your experiences? Your story matters – and we would love to hear it!
You can share your experience in a sentence or a few paragraphs – whatever you feel comfortable with. Sharing your experience can provide comfort, confidence or courage to others.
Sometimes it can be difficult to stop drinking alcohol
If it’s difficult for you to stop drinking alcohol, help is available. Speak to your doctor, midwife, or obstetrician for support.
You can also speak with an alcohol support service or alcohol counsellor.