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Alcohol

No amount of booze is good for baby but there is no hard line about how small amount is safe. A small glass of your favourite tipple sipped on special occasions is unlikely to do any harm, but if one glass leads to you wanting more then you might like to find a pregnancy alternative. Not quite the same as a chilled chardonnay but adding fizzy water to your favourite cordial can spruce up a social occasion, especially if you put it in a champagne glass.

Caffeine

There are risks associated with too much caffeine in pregnancy but most professionals agree that limiting your intake to a couple of cups a day is ok. Beware of your Starbucks beverages or strong espressos as it is easy to underestimate their strength. A caffeine free version of your favourite pick up is a good pregnancy compromise.

Cigarettes 

If ever you needed an incentive to quite smoking, pregnancy is it! Cigarettes are bad for baby as they limit the blood flow through the placenta which is baby’s sole source of nutrients. Smoking also poses risks to baby after birth as second hand smoke increases the risk of a host of problems, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Drugs

There is never an appropriate time to take illicit drugs, especially not when pregnant. They pose serious health implications to you and your unborn child. As well as the obvious no-go drugs during pregnancy you also need to check that prescription medicines, alternative and herbal remedies are safe. Speak with your midwife or doctor about anything you are taking to ensure it is safe for baby and you.

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