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:
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.
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?
Before, during and after pregnancy, you can offer encouragement when she makes changes to her lifestyle such as not drinking.
Sometimes your routines might include alcohol. Chat with her about creating new ones she’ll find fun and appealing that don’t include alcohol.
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.
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.
If you are close to someone who is pregnant and drinking, consider these suggestions about how to help: