Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said;
“We welcome the reassurance to women who have drunk before confirming a pregnancy that they are extremely unlikely to have caused their baby harm. Many pregnancies in the UK are unplanned and many women will have drunk before discovering they are pregnant. Messages that any alcohol during pregnancy can damage their baby can cause extreme anxiety for these women, and hopefully this guidance will go some way to assuaging their fears. In advising women after confirming a pregnancy to abstain from alcohol until the baby is born, this guidance adopts a precautionary approach, as there is little evidence of harm from low levels of drinking during pregnancy. This has been the basis of other medical advice that drinking 1 or 2 units once or twice a week after the first trimester does not appear to damage the developing foetus.”
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