The bottom line is, a gp or an ob should not be telling any woman that any amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy is okay, as they cannot guarantee that, nor can they moderate the size or potency of 'one drink'.
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03-11-2015 14:43 #31
03-11-2015 14:46 #32
I must say too, that the first story, where they said drinking 7-8 standard drinks per day was acceptable to me was quite shocking. Pregnant or not.
That's an unhealthy amount of alcohol on a daily basis surely.
03-11-2015 15:07 #33
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03-11-2015 20:53 #35
03-11-2015 20:56 #36
Well I'll out myself. I drank alcohol through all of my pregnancies. Only 1-2 a week. But I did it and I never hid it nor am I ashamed of myself.
I am incredibly well educated with a high IQ. Judge away. I have 4 very healthy children 2 of which are borderline geniuses.
Not everyone who does it is stupid or clueless. 7 a day = a moron irregardless of pregnancy.
03-11-2015 21:09 #37
Part of our antenatal eduction at our antenatal clinic appointments is around alcohol consumption in pregnancy. From the booking in appointment we ask questions about alcohol consumption pre conception, post conception but before finding out about the pregnancy AND once pregnancy confirmed. At this stage we inform women that there is no known safe level of alcohol in pregnancy and the recommendations are to abstain completely. If anyone continues to drink they are recommended to attend the specialized drug (illegal and cigarettes) and alcohol clinic and then asked at every antenatal appointment how many drinks they've consumed since their last appointment and with focus on the same message of no known safe level. Frankly it blows my mind that so many people still drink during pregnancy. I also find it hard to believe that so many people don't seem to know about the risks of alcohol and fetal alcohol syndrome. Maybe my view is clouded because I'm well educated on the subject and I'm not the average joe in this area, but I'm surprised each and every time I meet someone who claims they didn't know. I even had this argument with my sister when she was pregnant as she was also of the mindset that the occasional beer was ok and nothing I said would change her mind.
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03-11-2015 21:10 #38
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Eta: for the non clickers an article with a different perspective on safe levels of drinking and stats on the risks involved (interestingly quoting Australian studies as evidence).
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