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Alcohol in pregnancy

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Even small amounts of alcohol can harm your baby. This is because alcohol can affect your baby's developing brain. Although this does not always happen (which explains why some pregnant women have the odd drink without apparent harm to their baby), it is impossible to know when your baby will be harmed and when it won't.

Therefore, it's safest not to take the risk of drinking any alcohol while you are pregnant.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by midwife liaison, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2018.

Page reference: 123657

Review key: HIPRC-41255