Women have been told the safest approach in pregnancy is to not drink at all after a recent study found that more than half of women exceed the recommended drinking limits during the first three months of pregnancy.
The Royal College of Obstetricians issued the following advice:
- The safest approach in pregnancy is to choose not to drink at all
- No more than one to two units have been shown to be harmful
- Drinking one to two units no more than once or twice a week has been shown to be harmful
- One unit of alcohol is equivalent of a half a pint of lager or beer, a glass of wine or a single shot of a spirit
- Drinking five or more units of alcohol on one occasion is known as binge drinking
- Regular binge drinking particularly in the early stages, is harmful to a woman and her baby