There are no known safe levels of alcohol use in pregnancy. For this reason, it is safest to stop drinking alcohol before you get pregnant and to not drink at all during pregnancy.

For women who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is safest for their baby. Even a small amount of alcohol can harm a baby’s development and may have lifelong effects.

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, when a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, so does the developing baby. The baby’s blood gets about the same level of alcohol as the mothers blood.

Unborn babies are most at risk when women drink large quantities of alcohol, or binge drink at any time during pregnancy. If you drink small amounts of alcohol in the period before you knew you were pregnant, the risk to your baby’s health is low.

The effects of alcohol on unborn babies during pregnancy can range from mild to severe:

Unborn babies are most at risk when women drink large quantities of alcohol.

Six tips for avoiding alcohol during pregnancy
By Craftzero co-founder, Sherif

1. Set expectations
Let people know beforehand that you won’t be drinking. Be prepared with an answer, just in case someone asks if you’re pregnant and you’re not yet ready to share the news.

2. Decide what’s important to you
Go to social events that really mean something to you. Don’t over book yourself as this may become stressful.

3. Make friend with mocktails
Experiment with mocktails. You’ll discover new and exciting ones that you never knew existed. Try this recipe for a pineapple and passionfruit mocktail.

Top tip: Drink orange juice out of a wine glass.

4. BYO your own non alcoholic drinks
Take a bottle of non alcoholic wine with you to a party. Check out Craft Zero for a range of non-alcoholic options.

5. Offer to be the designated driver
This will avoid lots of unwanted questions.

6. Plan to exercise with friends rather than going to a bar.
Of course make sure your exercises are pregnancy safe.