This is my wife’s reaction to the Loose Women question (“Let us know if you think the odd drink during pregnancy is OK?”) that inspired my post:
No it is not OK. It is not OK to take a risk on a Central Nervous System (which incidentally is forming all through gestation), Endocrine, Skeletal, Muscular, Organs developing normally at a cellular level. Alcohol is a teratogen.
This is a fact.
One glass of wine affects the foetus/baby (physical heart rate changed) for half an hour as shown on a sonagram. So we can see the physical affects alcohol has on a very developed baby/foetus how can anyone say that their children have not been affected on a cellular level by alcohol?
The rising diagnosis of ADHD and Autism (if anyone is interested there is information on this) the cross referencing of symptoms with these and FAS, FASD and ARND is immense (it is not called the ‘Mirror Syndrome’ for nothing). FASD is a spectrum (like Autism) each person is affected differently dependent on many variables.
The UK is woefully behind in advising ladies in this country in comparison to the USA, Canada and Australia. FASD is the leading cause of learning difficulties in this country (even though it is considered under diagnosed by Medical and Social work professionals).
I do not judge pregnant ladies who drink but I am angry and frustrated that our Government, Medical community and Media are not providing an informative and expedient message. It is only through the likes of various voluntary organisations and charities such as NOFAS, FASD UK and The FASD Trust that the profile of FASD and ARND has been raised. Our Prison systems, Schools, Hospitals, Mental health facilities, Social Care are under immense pressure (at a cost to us all both Financially and Socially) so Why would anyone take the risk of their child and their family be a part of those statistics?
Parents, Carers and those affected with FASD or ARND suffer through lack of understanding by Medics, Educators and Society of the extremely complex effects of their diagnosis, the secondary effects are Mental health issues, Substance misuse, trouble with the law.
So yes, I would intervene not in anger, hatred or judgement but out of humanity. No mother wishes harm on her child, I would not wish harm on anyone and I would do everything to ensure that future generations are not affected. The leading cause of learning difficulties in this country is preventable.
It is not ‘perfect parenting’ (believe me no parent carers of children affected consider themselves ‘perfect’), it is not ‘judgemental’ (you tend to lose the capacity to judge others when you’re busy fighting for your own family’s needs) for many that have commented whether they have been directly affected by alcohol or a family member or friend has is coming from frustration, desperation and a real need for others to benefit from their experience.
Websites for the mentioned places for further information
This is all about risk, risk to your child, risk to your family and risk to our society as a whole.