bpas comment on study published in the Lancet Global Health medical journal regarding estimated prevalence of alcohol use during pregnancy across the globe:
"Unplanned pregnancy is a fact of life and so inevitably a significant number of women may binge drink before they know they are pregnant. Previous research has shown that once a pregnancy is confirmed, the proportion of UK women drinking heavily falls dramatically, and the vast majority of those who drink in pregnancy stick to very low levels, for which there is no evidence of harm. We believe the paper is at risk of creating problems where they do not exist. We are extremely wary of calls for greater surveillance of pregnant women, who already feel their behaviour is heavily scrutinised. At bpas we see women so concerned about the effects of an episode of binge drinking before they found they were pregnant, they consider ending what would otherwise be a wanted pregnancy. Women need reassurance that if they have inadvertently had one too many before they knew they were pregnant, they are extremely unlikely to have caused their baby harm."
The full study is available online here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(17)30021-9/abstract