pregnant or planning

Are you pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

When pregnant or planning a pregnancy, it is important not to drink any alcohol. This is because any alcohol you drink passes directly to your developing baby and can damage their brain, body, and organs.

Most people won’t know the moment they become pregnant, which means any alcohol you drink — from the moment you start trying — could be doing damage to your developing baby.

Alcohol can also affect your health, impacting fertility and increasing the time it takes to get pregnant. Alcohol also increases the risk of miscarriage.

Every moment matters when it comes to ensuring you and your developing baby are healthy and well. So, make the moment you start trying the moment to stop drinking alcohol.

Facts at a glance

  • Alcohol at any stage of pregnancy can damage a developing baby’s brain, body and organs and lead to a preventable disability known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
  • Alcohol also increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, babies being small for gestational age, having low birth weight, and being born prematurely.
  • Alcohol passes from the mother’s blood to the baby’s blood via the placenta.
  • A developing baby’s blood alcohol level increases as the mother’s blood alcohol level increases.
  • Alcohol can damage the development of all the organs and systems of the developing baby’s body, including the brain.
  • The moment you start trying to get pregnant is the moment to stop drinking alcohol.

Australian Alcohol Guidelines

Learn more about alcohol & pregnancy

Every moment matters in pregnancy and any alcohol you drink passes directly to your baby.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy puts mum and her developing baby at risk of a range of serious health issues.

It can lead to a baby being born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is the leading preventable developmental disability in Australia, and people with FASD experience lifelong physical, behavioural, and cognitive challenges.

If you would like more detailed information about alcohol and pregnancy, click below to download some resources or read answers to frequently asked questions.

More Resources

You don’t have to make changes alone

If you are concerned about any of the content raised on this website – or feel you need help to have an alcohol-free pregnancy – there is support available. You can talk with your doctor, midwife, obstetrician or one of the suggested services linked below.