Possible risks

How you can make changes to help stay safer during pregnancy

Alcohol can cause problems in pregnancy – advice on what to do and where to find more information
In later pregnancy (after 28 weeks), it’s safer to go to sleep on your side than on your back When you’re asleep, you spend most time in the position you go to sleep in. For pregnant women, the blood flow going to the baby may be reduced or interrupted if they spend a long time lying on their back. Research has linked this with an increased risk of stillbirth The causes aren’t clear, but it may be that: the weight of the baby and uterus (womb) puts pressure on the woman’s blood vessels if she lies on her back, which reduces the flow of the blood back to her heart and also to the baby, or the w
You’re at greater risk of infection when you’re pregnant, but can take some simple steps to help stay healthy - advice on what to do and where to find more information
Always check with your pharmacist, midwife or doctor about medicines and therapies in pregnancy, even if you think they are harmless - advice and where to find more information
Older women have a higher risk of complications and problems during pregnancy - facts, advice and where to find more information
Smoking in pregnancy is harmful for you and your baby and stopping at any stage is helpful - advice on what to do and where to find more information and support
Street drugs and other substances can be harmful during pregnancy, but help and support are available - advice on what to do and where to find more information