Number of alcohol units per week you're permitted if pregnant

According to the UK Chief Medical Officer, women who are trying to conceive or are late into a pregnancy should try to avoid alcohol altogether, to reduce the risk of harm to the baby and raise the chances of conception. However, for expectant mothers who do want to drink, the number of alcohol units per week if you're pregnant is set as one or two units twice a week.

The Limit Explained

The NHS website recommends that women should specifically not drink alcohol during the first three months of pregnancy, to reduce the risk of miscarriage. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, who advise GPs, also state that pregnant women should avoid alcohol in most cases when pregnant, but the low alcohol units per week if you're pregnant which are already set (one or two twice a week) show no evidence of causing harm to unborn children.

However, the actual amount of alcohol which can become harmful to an unborn child is unknown, so cautious expectant parents are advised to exclude alcohol entirely if they want to completely reduce the risk of alcohol-related complications.

Others Sources of Alcohol Intake

A report has found that Christmas pudding can contain a significant amount of alcohol, some of which range from 0.9 to 1.2 units, with some puddings containing an impressive 21.5 percent alcohol.

Although you might consider yourself as cautiously staying within the alcohol limit for pregnant women, you should also take care when consuming other foods which are made with alcohol to unsure you don't accident exceed the alcohol units per week if you're pregnant as stated by the NHS and National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.

Preparing for Pregnancy

Along with other factors, drinking should be avoided if you're trying for a baby. The alcohol units per week if you're pregnant should be scrapped altogether if you and your partner are finding it particularly hard to have a child, as there is still little evidence to suggest that alochol is in anyway beneficial to conception and should therefore be limited considerably by both partners to increase the changes of pregnancy.

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