There is no safe level of alcohol intake during pregnancy, so women are advised not to drink any alcohol at all. Even drinking low levels of alcohol in pregnancy can cause problems.
Drinking alcohol while pregnant can mean your baby is more likely to be:
- born prematurely
- smaller and not so well at birth
- have problems with development, behaviour or physical growth and function.
Alcohol can be a very hard thing to give up. Making the first step to ask for some help can really make a difference for you, your baby and your family/whānau.
If you have concerns about your alcohol drinking, or want help to stop drinking, talk to your GP or midwife or call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 or free text 8681 and they will text you back for a free confidential conversation. The helpline is staffed 24/7, is anonymous, and gets you through to a qualified alcohol counsellor or social worker. You can also go to their website www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz for more information about their service, and to find local services to contact.
You can find more information about alcohol and pregnancy at www.alcohol.org.nz, including a handy set of frequently asked questions. Health Navigator New Zealand also has information about alcohol and pregnancy.