EXPECTANT mums are being reminded that there is "no safe level" of alcohol.

Experts say many women are still unaware about the risks of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder associated with prenatal drinking.

Scotland is the only country in the UK which promotes a, "no alcohol no risk" message.

The risks for babies including behavioural and learning difficulties, problems with vital organs, hearing and sight issues and specific facial characteristics.

Ashley Goodfellow, Public Health Specialist, said: “Women do not drink to intentionally harm their baby.

"There are a number of reasons why women might drink alcohol while they are pregnant or they might not even know they are pregnant.

“If you want to be sure that your baby will not be born with alcohol related brain damage, the message is clear - avoid alcohol for the duration of your pregnancy and when planning to conceive.

“There is no proven safe level for alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The only risk-free approach is to avoid alcohol completely.”

NHS Lanarkshire will promoting the message on Saturday, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day.

Jill Madden, FASD Programme Manager, said: “Everyone can play a helpful role in raising awareness and preventing fetal alcohol harm. It is vital that we reach prospective mothers and their partners with factual information and support where necessary."