Despite conflicting reports about the safe quantities of alcohol you can consume during pregnancy, the best advice is to avoid drinking any alcohol when you are pregnant or trying to conceive.
If you are trying to get pregnant, you need to be aware that the amount you drink can reduce your fertility and ability to conceive.
Excessive drinking, especially getting drunk, can even lead to a miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy. The safest approach is not to drink at all.
When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, the alcohol passes through the placenta and can affect the baby's development. This happens throughout the pregnancy, not just in the first few weeks. Excessive drinking can lead to premature birth, low birth weight babies and even Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).