In February 2015 updated UK health guidelines advised that women should not drink alcohol in the first three months of pregnancy.
How safe it is to consume alcohol at all during pregnancy was not clear. It is a fact though that the message is still not getting through to some mothers-to-be.
But constantly shifting the goalposts does not help either.
In January 2015 the advice on NHS Choices was this "If a woman drinks alcohol at any time during pregnancy, she risks damaging her baby. The mental and physical problems that can develop in the baby are known as "foetal alcohol syndrome."
People need the hard facts and reliable advice rather than ever changing information.
Most people will tell you that alcohol abstinence during pregnancy is the only safe way.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) had previously said a couple of glasses of wine a week was acceptable reported BBC News but it changed that advice in early 2015, now saying abstinence is the only way to be certain that the baby is not harmed.
The most risky times to drink alcohol are around conception and during the first three months of pregnancy say the The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
Where that puts women who are drunk at the time of conception or who consume alcohol before they know they are pregnant is not clear.
"The following report, Campaign to make alcohol consumption during pregnancy illegal, was written on February 24, 2014 when there was a call to make alcohol consumption by pregnant women illegal.
We asked "Is a call to make the consumption of alcohol by a pregnant mother a step too far?"
The UK is often called a nanny-state and sometimes that is justified, other times it is not. In 2014 UK politicians chewed the fat over whether or not to impose a smoking ban in cars if there is a child on board and Monday we learn that "campaigners hoping to make it a crime to drink excessively during pregnancy may be a step closer with a landmark case on the issue due to be heard by the Court of Appeal" - Sky News.
The campaigners will use a test case - that of a six-year-old girl who suffered brain damage due to alcohol exposure in the womb. They will argue she is the victim of a crime because her mother was warned of the risks of her drinking.
What is excessively?
As the report says a pregnant mother does not have to binge drink to damage her unborn child. Mothers are encouraged by health professionals to quit smoking and severely restrict their consumption of alcohol during pregnancy but some ignore that advice. If it becomes a crime will it make them heed the advice?
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is on the increase in the UK and health professionals now believe it is time for the government to step in.
Although doctors say that limited alcohol consumption will probably not harm an unborn child they claim that the safest way is to avoid alcohol intake. According to the figures shown "In the past three years there has been a 50% rise in Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), with 313 babies found to be damaged from being exposed to alcohol in the womb in 2012/13. Experts believe the numbers could in fact be much higher, with thousands more foetuses damaged."
So is the way forward legislation or education?
It will be hard to stop pregnant women drinking by legislation though it could hold them to account if the foetus is damaged by too much booze.
"Plans are already under way to make it illegal to smoke when children are in the car after MPs backed a ban raising the question if mothers who deliberately harm their unborn baby by drinking should also be prosecuted."
The smoking ban in cars carrying at least one child came into force in England and in Wales October 1, 2015.
A few thoughts.
But what will follow? Sterilisation of alcoholic women? Imprisonment of pregnant boozers to stop them drinking? Prosecution if you eat unhealthily during pregnancy? Of course, not that one, as government cuts have directly led to that in many cases.
The ideas being proposed may sound sensible but how to tackle the problems needs a great deal of thought. Any changes need to be workable and surely education must come first?
Will middle-class women who continue to enjoy a glass or two of wine whilst pregnant also face prosecution? Again we ask what is excessive drinking?
Implementation is a whole other ball game.
But after all that is said, excessive drinking during pregnancy can lead to "Glenn, 15, was born with FAS after his birth mother drank excessively during pregnancy. He has the mental age of a four-year-old, as well as physical disabilities which affect his movement and vision. He has to wear nappies and is fed through a tube."
No matter how the advice chops and changes "You owe your baby an alcohol free pregnancy."
Foetal alcohol syndrome introduction
Living with foetal alcohol syndrome