Supporting an alcohol-free pregnancy

Supporting an alcohol-free pregnancy

As a partner, spouse, family member or friend, there are many ways that we can all support an alcohol-free pregnancy. Here are some ideas you might want to try:


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Consider having non-alcoholic drinks

How about not drinking when you’re with her or maybe even not drinking at all? If you drink, it can be more difficult for her to stop.


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Meet somewhere new

When making plans to get together, try meeting at new places that don’t have alcohol on the menu instead of your usual spot. How about trying a bakery or a farmer’s market?


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Support lifestyle changes she makes

Before, during and after pregnancy, you can offer encouragement when she makes changes to her lifestyle such as not drinking.


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Find new and fun routines

Sometimes your routines might include alcohol. Chat with her about creating new ones she’ll find fun and appealing that don’t include alcohol.


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Have delicious mocktails on hand

When it’s your turn to be the host, offer a variety of mocktails and other delicious non-alcoholic drinks so she’ll be sure to find something she likes.


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Offer non-alcoholic drinks discreetly

If she hasn’t told everyone she’s pregnant yet, offer her non-alcoholic drinks in a way that doesn’t bring attention to her.



When more support is needed...

If you are close to someone who is pregnant and drinking, consider these suggestions about how to help:


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Ask her if she wants information or support. Don’t judge, be critical or push her towards solutions.


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Refer to our Alcohol & Pregnancy Guide for services that can help. You can also visit your doctor, health care provider or nursing station to ask for advice.


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Offer practical support like avoiding alcohol when you are together, caring for other children to give her a break, or attending medical or other appointments with her.
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Assist her with getting the professional support she may need.