Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What Is Wrong With Some Women?

So - there has been a report in my local media this past week that 30% of women think its okay to drink alcohol whilst pregnant, despit knowing the risks. What the?

Where were these women during physical education classes at high school? And for those of them who have children, where were they when their doctors and midwives were explaining the do's and dont's of pregnancy to them ? Its absolutely mental to me to think that some women can't put two and two together - alcohol is not entirely good for adults, let alone tiny, growing baby-type persons. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy may induce fetal alcohol syndrome, which can result in deformities, low birth weights or even brain damage. Why take the risk?

And what i cant believe is the amount of women who DO take the risk. For example, i have an aunt who is due to give birth in the next two weeks. I'm not going to mention her age but suffice to say she falls into the " older " mother category - this, of course, brings its own complications. However this, coupled with blood clots in previous pregnancies, hasnt stopped her having a tipple or two at functions during her pregnancy. I wanted to scream at her that she has so much to lose and so many risks with her pregnancy already, why was she pushing the envelope? But its hardly my place to tell a women who already has children whats best for her and her pregnancy, me being a first time mum and all. And i have a Facebook friend ( who isnt actually a real life friend, just a girl i went to school with and was scared of... ) who is pregnant with her 3rd child and every second Facebook statu update is " Blah Blah is having a smoke " or " Blah Blah is getting her drink on ". Why?????

Admittedly, i run a few risks while i was pregnant - i ate deli meat and soft serve ice cream because i hadnt been told not to. But when i did find out, i stopped. It didnt hurt me to go without, even with cravings. But more importantly, it didnt hurt my baby. And is that the important thing?


  1. I think even worse are those who smoke all the way through their pregnancy.

    I've never been a smoker, so can't empathise with the addictive force they obviously hold over some people, but for goodness sake, if there ever was a reason to quit, isn't your unborn child enough reason?!?!?!

  2. My SIL and my cousin are both smokers, but as soon as that test popped up positive, they threw every cigarette they owned away and didn't go back until the baby was born. My SIL didn't actually start smoking again until she was done breastfeeding. My cousin wasn't able to breastfeed. We also have a friend that smoked during pregnancy. Everytime she lit up I wanted to rip the cigarette out of her mouth and break it in half.

    On the drinking, I met someone once who was pregnant while I was, and told me that she enjoys several glasses of red wine a day. I told her she was an idiot and disgusting for playing roulette with her baby's health and life.

  3. I don't get it either. I've heard having a beer can induce labor and honestly if you are 40 weeks and trying to induce 1 beer is not going to do anything (but on the flip side probably not going to induce labor either)....

  4. I know women who do this too and I don't really understand why. The information's out there but I guess everyone makes their own choices.

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