Don’t risk drinking , pregnant women warned
Mums- to- be are being warned drinking while p regnant can cause irreversible brain damage in babies.
Health experts insist giving up booze will help prevent learning and behaviour difficulties in tots.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde says families must be given the facts to prevent illness.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, director of public health for the health board, which covers Renfrewshire, says Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder ( FASD) can devastate lives.
She said: “Women get their information from various places, not just their doctor or midwife.
“They read books and magazines, they scour the internet, chat to their mum and other friends who have had a baby before.
“And this means they often get mixed messages.
“The aim of this campaign is to set the record straight.
“If you had the odd drink before you knew you were pregnant the risk will be small.
“But it’s also just kidding yourself on to believe drinking wine with dinner most nights doesn’t really count.”
Dr de Caestecker has helped launch the No Alcohol, No Alcohol Harm campaign.
The condition can cause small eyelid openings, short upturned noses and reduced sized heads, and can affect the heart and cause varying degrees of learning disabilities.
At least 500 children are born in Scotland every year suffering from problems.
Dr de Ca e s t e c k e r maintains conflicting information on whether it is safe to drink when pregnant “weakens the message” and is “disrespectful to mums and dads”.
She added: “Fetal alcohol harm is the single biggest and 100 per cent preventable cause of learning disabilities and behavioural difficulties among children, young people and adults in the UK.
“There are two ways to avoid alcohol harm to your baby, don’t drink while pregnant or if you’re not ready to give up alcohol, make sure you don’t get pregnant and are using an effective form of contraception.”