I am annoyed after reading this article at babble.com today.
First, I want to say this, “AHHH! Life is so tough for some people –> no sushi, peanuts, cat poop or booze for a whole nine months!”
I could go on and on about the inaccuracies and generalizations, but I won’t, I just want to focus on one!
Myth # 6 – Alcohol exposure leads to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and mental retardation.
According to the author:
Oh, relax! All of the children described in the original paper on FAS were born to severe, chronic alcoholics. While some researchers argue that any alcohol is bad, others (including Britain’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) say that an infrequent glass of wine with dinner is nothing to worry about. Believe it or not, there’s even some severe, chronic alkies whose pregnancies come out fine (although being a severe, chronic alkie is never advisable). Do the research and come to your own personal decision.
She also quotes a doctor that states:
The research simply hasn’t proven harm from less than two drinks per day.
The Doctor obviously hasn’t done all of his research, recent Danish studies show that drinking in moderation can be harmful.
Anyone who goes through this much trouble to justify drinking while pregnant, or finds the whole idea of not drinking while pregnant a such a terrible inconvenience, may want to hold-off on the whole pregnancy gig for a while — you just might not be ready!
You may also want to try this 12 Step Program, it’s very near the front of the phone book.
I do get it –> all things in moderation, do the research, and that social pressures have pregnant women living in fear! While I agree that the 3 sushi dinners you ate (or the 1/2 dozen cat litters you changed) before you found out you were pregnant shouldn’t be a reason to keep you laying awake at night (hemorrhoids, heart burn, back ache can do that for you), the danger of alcohol to your unborn baby is not a myth. Fetal alcohol syndrome can not be cured!
I am not writing this to beat up on those of you that had one glass of wine on your 10th anniversary when you were pregnant, or those of you that had a few too many before you found out. If this applies to you … don’t beat up on me!
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