Yahoo news reported:
One in 10 expectant mothers aged 18 to 44 drink alcohol during their pregnancies, and many of them binge-drink, a study released on Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
What are your thoughts? A glass of wine was believed to be okay at one time while the majority of people do not drink while pregnant. Do you have friends that drank during their pregnancy and you felt uncomfortable about the situation? Would you say something to women who drink while pregnant or would you consider it their personal choice but judge silently?
For women who drank while they were pregnant-did your child experience any negative effects due to you drinking while pregnant?
Seriously WOMEN should not touch the stuff! egad! Go to any special needs preschool and look to see the various conditions and mental disabilities children can have. Who knows if alcohol or sleeping pills or other drugs caused the dis-abilities of these suffering for-ever-after children. Its better to be on the safe side, of course!
A bar tender once told me that alcohol is not good for anybody! Ever! ... and I would add, especially not for an embryo or fetus! What are those stupid women thinking? Everything the woman takes goes into her blood stream and could affect the growing person.
Alcohol is actually like a poison. It is very acidic in nature. A balanced PH blood stream is necessary for both the mother's health and the developing baby's health.
Ethanol is not an acid and does not act as one.
I did not say it was an acid. According to Macrobiotic principles, alcohol is very yin in nature. Like fruits have an acidifying (yin) effect on the blood stream and most vegetables have an alkalizing (yang) effect on the bloodstream. Pot is very Yin. or acidifying. particularly bad for the gums.
It may be declared yin or yang, either one, but it does not produce the chemical properties of an acid. There is no hydrogen ion produced when dissolved in water, which is what every acid does (including the acetic acid in some plants).
And this can be tested with any pH meter or test strip. No need to depend on philosophical claims from a distant past.
I can see the posts rolling in:
"I drank beer and wine and my baby turned out just fine!" Really? are you sure?
It would be great if people would chime in revealing the effects of alcohol on their babies!
In many cultures pregnant women drink both alcohol and caffeine in moderation and their babies are fine. In North and South America women tend to avoid alcohol while pregnant, though in South America pregnant women drink coffee as usual, in my observation.
I would not say anything to a pregnant woman drinking what appeared to be alcohol; it's none of my business. For all you know that could be the only drink they've ever had while pregnant. It could be watered down. For all you know, your own mother could have had a glass of wine every weekend while pregnant.
I'd rather not raise a pregnant woman's blood pressure by picking on her personal choices or picking a fight with her.
A few weeks ago I saw a pregnant woman leaning against a dumpster and smoking. I'm sure she's well aware of the risks. I don't know her and don't know if it was a one time thing or if she is a habitual smoker. I said nothing to her. Would you have stopped and said something? If so, do you think saying something would really make her stop? People tend to double down on their bad behavior when they are called out on it.
My children have already been born. And no, I never drank during pregnancy. Nor did anyone in my family or any of my female friends. Are you suggesting that I shouldn't have had children because I don't say things to pregnant women who drink and smoke?
No I'm saying it to those who need guidance, but I should not
1. Because they will do the opposite.
2. No one needs guidance.
So, repeating to NO ONE :
Have mercy! spare me! and everyone else! Better yet, learn how to use your birth control methods better!
Oh no! Don't do that! Have at it! Have all the sex you want. Drink and smoke and eat donuts to your heart's content. Everything will be just fine!
Here you need another pair of rose-colored glasses?
or wine-colored glasses?
and a glass full of wine?
Just don't whine to us when your baby turns out mentally deficient, deformed or sickly.
But you will.
( Special needs children get so much state aid its not funny.
Drug addicts are thrilled when their babies turn out deformed!)
I didn't drink during my pregnancy but I've known several friends who have (I'm talking maybe a total of three glasses of wine/beer over the entire pregnancy). I don't have any interest in judging them and they all had healthy babies. My doctor recommended I have a glass of wine if I thought it might make me less anxious (I am a total needlephobe and had my three hour GTT coming up). I know she's not the only doctor who will OK a drink during pregnancy. From what I can tell the verdict is still very much out on how much alcohol will cause unwanted effects. For me, that's enough to just avoid it altogether. But I know some people look at the research and the opinions from physicians and confidently decide that a drink or two over 9 months won't harm their baby... and you know what, I think they're probably right. It just wasn't worth the however minuscule chance to me during my pregnancy.
I actually didn't find out I was pregnant until 6 weeks along and I had just been out drinking all weekend on a camping trip the two days before I found out. I think the paranoia that I might've already done some damage probably solidified my decision to not have any more alcohol, too.
Oh! And interestingly enough, my friend was one of four kids and his mom didn't know she was pregnant with him until almost 6 months along. She had been drinking regularly the entire time. She knew about her other pregnancies from the beginning and didn't have a drop of alcohol the entire 9 months. My friend ended up being the only kid without severe anxiety/depression. (I know that's completely anecdotal and could very well be a coincidence but I thought it was interesting!)
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