In 2005, the surgeon general issued a warning to pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. He stated that women should not drink alcohol if they are pregnant or if they are considering becoming pregnant. He also advised that women who have already consumed alcohol during their pregnancy should stop drinking alcohol.
Not all birth defects can be prevented, but a woman can take some actions that increase her chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy - sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant.
About half of all pregnancies are unplanned. You can expose your baby to alcohol if you drink without knowing you are pregnant. If you are trying to become pregnant, don't drink; and if you are sexually active, be sure to use contraception.
- FASD Center for Excellence - The Course
Remember, there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption or safe time to drink during pregnancy!