Fertility can be affected by drinking alcohol, in both men and women. If you are trying to conceive, both partners can support each other to stop drinking - that will improve your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby. More information here about fertility and alcohol.
The advice is clear: Stop drinking alcohol if you could be pregnant, are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.
- There is no ‘safe’ level of alcohol intake during pregnancy, so women are advised not to drink any alcohol at all.
- Giving up alcohol can really make a difference for you, your baby and your family/whānau. As well as the health benefits, it will save you money.
If you drink alcohol regularly and quite a lot of it, or binge drink, it can be hard to give it up and get out of the habit. The first step is to ask for some help or good advice. You don't have to do it on your own.
- If you have any concerns about your alcohol drinking or want help to stop drinking, talk with your GP or midwife.
- Or call Alcohol Drug Helpline (0800 787 797, www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz or free text 1737 or 8681). The Alcohol Drug Helpline is staffed 24/7, is anonymous, and gets you through to a qualified alcohol counsellor or social worker.
For more information
- This is a link to a handy set of questions and answers on the www.alcohol.org.nz website