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Use of alcohol and other substances during pregnancy – in a Nordic perspective

The Nordic Welfare Centre coordinates a Nordic project with focus on alcohol and other substance use (i.e. smoking, hash, and other drugs) during pregnancy and the harms caused by maternal substance use during pregnancy.

A majority of pregnant women reduce alcohol consumption or stop using alcohol during pregnancy. However, four out of ten pregnancies are unplanned, and the consumption of alcohol and other substances has been increasing among women in childbearing age, imposing a risk of exposure to the fetus before a woman knows she is pregnant.

Our report “Identifying use of alcohol and other substances during ­pregnancy – A Nordic overview” focuses on alcohol consumption during pregnancy, screening and the services who provides help. The report also shortly highlights use of tobacco and other substances during pregnancy:

Identifying use of alcohol and other substances during ­pregnancy – A Nordic overview (Nordic Welfare Centre, 2020)

The report describes the situation in all Nordic countries, reviewing the national guidelines of alcohol use during pregnancy and the (screening) instruments used at the antenatal care to identify alcohol use among pregnant women. Furthermore, the aim is to describe the services available for pregnant women with alcohol dependence.