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Strong Spirit Strong Mind

What women need to know


Our way of being healthy is to look after ourselves by making good choices, and to care for our family, community and culture.

Alcohol and other drugs can tangle and weaken our spirit and mind.
This can affect our emotional, social, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
This can weaken our connection to family, community, culture and country.

When we use alcohol and other drugs in harmful ways our spirit becomes weaker and our thinking gets tangled. But if we stop or reduce our use, our spirit can grow strong and our thinking becomes clear again.

Diagram of the Female body organs
Brain damage, stroke, memory loss, blackouts, hallucinations, fits, confusion, dementia, mental health problems, depression, anxiety and mood swings
Nervous System
Tingling, numbness and loss of feeling
Irregular pulse, high blood pressure, becomes enlarged
Damaged and swollen, cirrhosis, hepatitis, cancer
Reduced function and increased infections
Colon & Rectum
Chronic coughing and cancer
Infertility and risk of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses from unsafe sex
Reduced resistance to infection, coughs, colds, risk of pneumonia and tuberculosis
Increased risk of cancer
Weak, loose muscle tissue
Ulcers, inflammation, vomiting and diarrhoea
Risk of harm to unborn baby

There is no safe amount of alcohol and other drug use in pregnancy.

When you drink alcohol, so does your baby.
When you use drugs, so does your baby.
When you smoke, so does your baby.

The placenta protects baby from your alcohol and other drug use. During pregnancy, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and other drugs (including prescribed medication) can pass through the placenta to the baby. These substances can affect the development of baby's inner spirit and physical health.

Our children need to be born healthy so they have a a strong spirit and a strong mind.

Pregnant woman eating

Healthy choices for pregnancy

Not drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco and using drugs is the best choice for your baby. Other things you can do to stay healthy and grow a strong baby include:

  • Regular check-ups with your health worker
  • Daily exercise or physical activity
  • Lots of sleep and rest
  • Plenty of healthy food and water
  • Yarning with grannies, aunties, mums, sisters, cousins and friends about how to keep your baby strong and healthy

Dads and other family members can make healthy choices too.

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Parent Social and Emotional Wellbeing

As a new parent, you may notice differences in your life once baby arrives.
Along with excitement and joy, you may be feeling tired, and overwhelmed.
Many parents go through a lot of different emotions, especially after the baby is born. It is a time of adjustment for you and your baby.
Family and friends can support you to give your baby a strong spirit and strong future.
It is useful to yarn with grandparents, mums, aunties, cousins and friends about ways to keep babies strong and healthy.


Breastfeeding is good for baby and has lots of benefits.
Breastfeeding can:

  • Protect baby from infection and illness
  • Provide baby with healthy food
  • Help baby to grow strong
  • Strengthen bonds with baby

The best options for breastfeeding are to avoid smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol and using other drugs.

Food and water

Our children's health and wellbeing is also affected by connection to:

  • country
  • culture
  • spirituality
  • family
  • community

For us to raise strong babies, we need to build up these strong protective factors as they grow.

For more information

If you are thinking about reducing your alcohol use you might like some help or information.

If you are worried about somebody and how their alcohol use is affecting you and your family, perhaps you would like some help.

It may not be easy reducing your alcohol use but your friends, family and other people in your community can support you to make changes.

If you would like further information, please head to our services and support page.