Amber - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )
so i found this on my "stay at home moms" communities and my mounth dropped! I dont even know what to say, im speachless! How can she promote that.. she is lucky that her or her children dont have F.A.S.!
A pregnant woman can definitely have a drink or two once in a while. All of the research on fetal alcohol syndrome was done on severely alcoholic women. The research also found that the most vulnerable time for a fetus is in the first few weeks, when most when do not yet know they are pregnant (better to stop drinking when trying to get pregnant). Doctors in Europe do NOT forbid alcohol during pregnancy, and even recommend red wine for women who are overdue. In the olden days in colonial America and Europe nobody drank water (it was polluted) or cow's milk, they drank beer, grog, mead, wine, or fermented ciders as their daily drink since fermentation kills bacteria (tea and coffee later, first as delicacies). These babies were not all deformed and they produced many a genius. Americans have a long history of prohibition and overreacting to things, the anti-alcohol for moms movement began only in the 1980s and at first was not a total ban. The politics of being sued and of women not being considered sensible enough to understand moderation led to doctors and the AMA to eventually recommended no alcohol. This didn't happen in the rest of the world, yet Europe has a better infant and maternal mortality rate than the US. Moderation and common sense should prevail. Alcohol does not cause most illnesses that babies are born with. But beware that militant Americans will be very angry if they see you drinking and you might not like how they treat you. Before I knew I was pregnant I suddenly had an aversion to alcohol (as well as meat, fish, shellfish), so I was lucky not to have to abstain from a favorite drink. Around my sixth month I had a glass of champagne to celebrate my birthday, and a few more glasses before the birth. Good luck, remember it's your decision not everbody else's. My daughter was born healthy and with a very high IQ (and my mom drank and smoke during the entire pregnancy and I turned out pretty good).