Hotline spreads info about preventable defects
@ Rifleman: There is a difference between use and abuse. Alcohol
is a legal substance and even a slight or moderate amount used during pregnancy
may be enough to cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Although both
legal and illegal substances used during pregnancy can have an effect on the
fetus, bringing the discussion of abuse of illegal substances into a discussion
about the use of legal substances sends the message that the two actions are
comparable. This makes it difficult for any progress to be made towards
addressing the harm of either action because it shuts down the conversation.You do the same thing when you bring tobacco into the conversation -
especially after mentioning substance abuse.Again, there is a
difference between use and abuse and between legal and illegal substances.
Progress is difficult if not impossible when you muddy the waters by pretending
there are no differences.
@ Rifleman: Yes, substance abuse goes beyond alcohol - however, this article is
specifically about fetal alcohol syndrome, which can only be caused by use of
alcohol during pregnancy.Babies have been born addicted to
substances - I don't have to wonder about it because I have researched it.My problem with your comment is not that such events do not occur, but
your linkage of illegal drugs to a legal activity. Bringing up smoking does the
same thing.The number of women who use illegal substances knowing
they are pregnant has absolutely nothing to do with the number of women who use
alcohol (or who smoke) while they are pregnant - whether they know they are
pregnant or not.Your comment has nothing to do with the article.
Re: Kalindra | 8:01 a.m. Sept. 12, 2011 Re: spring street | 9:05 a.m.
Sept. 12, 2011 Substance-abuse goes beyond the use of alcohol.
Mothers who are addicted to drugs have babies who are born with drug addictions.
Have either of you ever wondered if babies born to mothers addicted to nicotine
suffer withdrawal symptoms?
@ Rifleman: Um - my comment is on topic, unlike yours.The statement
is made in the article that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink at
anytime during pregnancy. Assuming that the woman is over 21, drinking is a
legal activity. For many women, the very earliest signs of pregnancy are not
noticed until 6 to 12 days after the egg is fertilized. Some women don't notice
these earliest signs and may not begin to suspect they are pregnant until they
miss a period - a few weeks into the process. Periods can be missed for a number
of reasons and since there can be bleeding similar to a period even when a woman
is pregnant, this is not always a clear sign. Some women don't even begin to
suspect that they are pregnant until they start gaining weight 4 or 5 months
into the pregnancy. This is all verifiable information from trusted websites
and books.So the question remains: Contrary to the claims of
selfishness posited by the first two posters, how many babies are born with
fetal alcohol syndrome because the woman was drinking before she knew she was
pregnant? How can we realistically address this?
@ rifleman: What does your comment have to do with thew article?
Re: spring street | 10:42 p.m. Sept. 11, 2011 I would be interested
to know how many women take illegal drugs after they know for sure they're
I would be interested to know how much of the alcohol consumption occurs early
in the pregnancy - before the mother may even realize she is pregnant.
The worst kind of child abuse is to that of an unborn child. I wish people
wouldn't be so selfish and stupid. Every decision we make affects more people
than we realize.
My step son had a short marriage to a girl who suffered from FAS, she had a lot
of behavior problems, one of the worst was her lying. She was adopted and her
parents to this day still struggle with her. It is sad, she really has some
wonderful qualities and yet some selfish woman decided to drink and not only
destroy her own health and life, but that of her baby. My step son has been
able to heal from the marriage, but this poor girl will never be able to heal
from her own self.