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Published: Sunday, Sept. 11 2011 12:03 a.m. MDT

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MoJules
Florissant, MO

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.

Hawkyo
SYRACUSE, UT

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.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

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 pregnant.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ rifleman: What does your comment have to do with thew article?

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@ 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
Salt Lake City, Utah

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?

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ 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.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@ 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.

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