Eta: but as the various stories state, there is no known 'safe' amount.
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 04-11-2015 at 05:20.
They are just observations - not meaning to attack as I love Americans. I am more than happy to list negative traits of Aussie culture (in a separate thread) to help balance things out.
I haven't read all of this....but just wanted to let you all know that the recommendation to not drink any alcohol at all due to no known safe amounts was first published in 1981, and then again in 2005.
I'm sorry that some did not get to make an informed decision during their pregnancies. It's not okay. I know I was definitely advised that there were no known safe amounts of alcohol during my pregnancies....and my kids were born in years earlier than years being mentioned here.
It's the same as listeria....how many years have we known about listeria? And yet plenty of health care providers tell pregnant women not to worry, which is against the recommendation (regardless of how low the risk is, guidelines on listeria state that certain foods should be avoided).
I am glad FAS-D is getting media attention. It's about time.
This thread hits a spot with me. I have a good friend who has a teenage son with a bunch of behavioral conditions - they lead a very challenging life. My friend would go and have more than one drink at the pub when pregnant - now she's (and her son) is paying for it.
I remember at the time my friend was pregnant thinking you didn't have to be an Einstein to realise you shouldn't be doing that while pregnant. So there must have been some education out there.
Maybe the issue isn't education as such, but rather dogged consistency in delivering that message from healthcare providers (to combat the people who think one or two won't affect them) and more support for pregnant women? (To combat women like my friend that had other things going on in their life which probably impacted their decision to drink).
It also just gets tiresome having to read, fairly often, little jabs about Americans on here. I'm sure if you were on an American parenting forum and regularly saw little comments about Australians you would start to get annoyed. More often then not I bite my tongue, this time I didn't.
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