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Should mums-to-be get preached to about drinking in pregnancy?

As a flash mob gathers to remind pregnant women about the dangers of alcohol, we ask, do mums-to-be really need to be preached at in this way

Posted: 9 September 2011
by Daniella Delaney
flash mob at Euston Station to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking alcohol in pregnancy
Supporters stage a silent and still protest to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

A flash mob of ‘pregnant’ women and men froze for nine minutes at Euston Station in London this morning to remind the world that women will have healthier babies if they take a nine month pause from alcohol.

The group staged its silent protest at 9.09am on the 9th of the 9th and was one of nine groups up and down the country, taking a pregnant pause. Campaigners in Edinburgh, Chesterfield, Larbert, Stirling, Swansea, Gwent, Newcastle and Aberdeen also met to remind mothers about the dangers of drinking while pregnant. 

The flash mobs want to raise awareness about the alcohol-related brain damage in newborns which is known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  FASD affects one in a hundred infants each year and the events have been organised by the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – UK (NOFAS-UK)

But do pregnant women need reminding about this? Don't we have enough already to feel guilty about - whether we're eating healthily enough for our unborn baby, taking our folic acid, doing enough exercise but not too much etc etc. Isn't it better to give us tips on how to cut out the booze rather than finger wagging? And how many women really abstain completely from alcohol right up until the birth - probably a whole lot less than let on.

Yes, it's a really important issue and it's terrible when unborn babies suffer, but do we really need to make mums feel more guilty? What do yo think?

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Us new moms dont need to be preached to .. we have enough stress with everything else to think about and scare us with being healthy in ourselves for the baby,things that could go wrong in pregnancy, in birth, blood tests, flu jabs whopping cough money our emotions dealing with pregancy and getting ready for a new life. with all this to think about going for one or maybe two drinks with friends shouldn't be a problem but yet people do like to get involved and give evil looks or bad comments makes pregnant women think they cant go for a drink in public anymore when in older days they would give pregnant women guiness to drink for iron and in older days they never backed an eyelid for drinking when pregnant.. as long as nowa days women do no the risks and not to get steaming drunk it shouldnt be to much of a problem

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 01:50

Us new moms dont need to be preached to .. we have enough stress with everything else to think about and scare us with being healthy in ourselves for the baby,things that could go wrong in pregnancy, in birth, blood tests, flu jabs whopping cough money our emotions dealing with pregancy and getting ready for a new life. with all this to think about going for one or maybe two drinks with friends shouldn't be a problem but yet people do like to get involved and give evil looks or bad comments makes pregnant women think they cant go for a drink in public anymore when in older days they would give pregnant women guiness to drink for iron and in older days they never backed an eyelid for drinking when pregnant.. as long as nowa days women do no the risks and not to get steaming drunk it shouldnt be to much of a problem

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 01:50

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