Smoking and alcohol

Smoking in pregnancy

Smoking in pregnancy can have serious health implications for your baby. Babies born to mothers that smoke are more likely to be born prematurely or have a low birth weight. When you meet your midwife you will be referred to the smoking cessation nurse who will work with both you and your partner, if willing, to try to stop smoking.

For more information about the risks of smoking in pregnancy and the hazards of second hand smoke to you and your newborn baby please see our smoking in pregnancy section.

Alcohol in pregnancy

There is no proven safe amount of alcohol to drink in pregnancy. The only way to be certain that your baby is not harmed by alcohol is not to drink at all during pregnancy. It is recommended in particular that pregnant women do not drink any alcohol during the first three months of pregnancy.

If you choose to drink alcohol during pregnancy, it is recommended to drink no more than one to two UK units once or twice a week. 

Although there is uncertainty with regards to what is considered a safe level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy, at this low level there is no evidence of harm to the unborn baby, however the safest option is that no alcohol is the safest level. (NICE Guidelines, 2015)