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RISK FACTORS DURING PREGNANCY

Better understand the effects of alcohol or substance misuse during pregancy and how to access support.

Alcohol or substance misuse and stop smoking support

This page contains links to information to help you to understand the effects of drugs or alcohol use during pregnancy. This information is designed to offer advice and support to regain control and quit. You can also speak to your midwife for support.

Looking after yourself and your baby

As well as causing problems with your baby’s health, street drugs like heroin and cocaine can be mixed with many things such as talcum powder, brick dust or chalk.  These can damage your liver and kidneys. It is better if you only use prescribed drugs when you are pregnant.

Alcohol 

Find out more about the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy on the NHS website by clicking here.

Find out more about the risks of substance misuse during pregnancy on the Northumbria Healthcare website by clicking here.

Stop smoking support 

Northumberland's free specialist local stop smoking service offers a wide range of support services from trained professionals at Northumberland County Council. 

The team of specialist, clinically trained advisors offer friendly tips and advice in a free online toolkit to help you to change habits, switch to e-cigarettes or quit altogether. 


Click here to visit the Stop Smoking Northumberland website and access one-to-one support as well as a free online toolkit.

Explore other services available through pregnancy and birth

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PREGNANCY 

Useful information when trying for a baby and having a healthy pregnancy

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PREGNANCY FAQS

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about pregnancy and birth on the Start4Life website

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SUPPORT DURING PREGNANCY

Explore links, advice and support about pregnancy

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WEEK-BY-WEEK GUIDE

Better understand your pregnancy with this week-by-week guide 

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MIDWIFERY 

Midwifery services available to support new parents and their babies

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PREPARING FOR SAFE SLEEPING

Safer sleeping information from the Lullaby Trust

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SMOKING, ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCES

Alcohol or substance misuse and stop smoking support

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STAYING HEALTHY IN PREGNANCY

How to look after yourself and your developing baby

Pregnancy

SYMPTOMS AND COMPLICATIONS

Common symptoms and complications in pregnancy

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BADGER NOTES APP

About Badger Net and Badger Notes' digital pregnancy care record

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PREPARING FOR LABOUR AND BIRTH

Useful information and tips for labour and birth

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VACCINATIONS IN PREGNANCY

Recommended vaccinations during pregnancy on the NHS website 

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PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Mental health and wellbeing for parents, partners and carers 

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BENEFITS & FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Useful tips and information about benefits and finance

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