It's all such a minefield!
It's all such a minefield!
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 05-11-2015 at 17:39.
Did the show mention limited/no access to contraception as a factor at all? I'd be interested to know whether making some sort of advances in that arena would reduce the prevalence of FADS?
Their are very safe antidepressants which can be taken during pregnancy and for many women it is essential, alcohol is not essential and no type is safe.
I really feel that fear around guilt and women seeking abortions is one reason that is holding this issue back. I don't know how you balance this as clearly, binge drinking has the possibility to cause FAS-D, some women may genuinely feel their drinking has caused harm and choose abortion, and the fact is no one knows if that child was harmed until years down the track.
Harvs they talked about FAS-D being an affliction primarily of white middle class people who clearly have ready access to birth control.
There was a thread on here years ago about late term abortions, a topic I really struggle with.
One thing I discovered from the thread is why late term abortions occur and the alarming statistic about how difficult it can be for women to access abortions before 12 weeks. Yes even in major cities. There is also a level of shame and closing ones eyes to the reality of pregnancy and the fact an abortion may be the only option.
Add to that scenario a woman with a serious drinking problem (but in denial about it) I am really uncomfortable about holding women criminally responsible for their conduct during pregnancy. I personally hate the term "slippery slope" as it discourages law makers from tackling difficult issues.
I hate that it exists, I hate that a baby at 36 weeks gestation could be delivered but is still harmed by her pregnant mother. I hate it all.
But I hate and fear the alternative more.
Maybe compulsory medical detention would be a better option? I don't honestly know.
Days before I found out I was pg with my first child I got very drunk for New Year with friends. We'd been trying a very long time and I honestly didn't believe I would ever get pg. I asked the middie who told me it would be just fine as much like a baby chick in an egg, the baby/embryo/whatever you want to term it feeds off the yolk sac at my stage, which had been 4 weeks. She said the placenta doesn't form until 6-8 weeks and that as long as you stop drinking in those very early stages the baby will be fine.
So for the poster upset she got drunk before her BFP - your child will be just fine
But I don't know.
What about people who pass on genetic disorders to their children knowing it is a likely outcome? Or women with depression who have babies? If one had chronic PND after the first baby and statistically is more likely to get it the second time around do we say they shouldn't have more kids?
Too bloody hard for me.
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