Pregnant Women Who Drink Alcohol.

January 20, 2007 6:28pm CST
I watched a programme the other week that reported on the rise of expectant mothers who drink alcohol and feel they do not need to give up their lifestyle even when pregnant. Don't these women need to take responsibility for the health of their unborn child and make these sacrifices while pregnant. I love a drink but when I was carrying my two I gave it up and even after they were born I did not touch any alcohol while I breast fed. what do you think??
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I think that is very irresponsible and they are not taking in regard that they have a child that is their own inside of them that is being affected by the things that they are doing. I wouldnt allow my wife or girlfriend to drink while they were carrying my child ever.
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21 Jan 07
You are a good man. I am sure alot of men must feel helpless if they see their partner drinking and are unable to stop them. I feel we all need alot more education on this, especially now that so many more women are drinking than years ago! Thank you.
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I can't believe the selfishness of women. If you don't want to be responsible and take care of a beautiful child, then don't even bother trying to have one. When I found out I was pregnant I quit drinking altogether until after CJ was born. Before I found out I was drinking shots of tequila with husband and his friend after work almost everyday. The thing that scares me is that I don't remember how far long I was when I found out; only a few weeks I think but whose to say how long it takes and how much to cause a problem with the child. I sometimes feel that perhaps it was my fault that CJ ended up with Autism. I pray that it isn't true.
@superchook (1786)
• Australia
21 Jan 07
When I was pregnant with my kids, I didn't drink. I feel that no pregnant woman should drink, the poor babies don't have a choice if you do. I know a lot of people that drank when they were pregnant and I would wonder what it was doing to their babies. I feel the same about drink drivers with kids in the car. The kids have no choice but to get into the car, but the driver does.
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I am proud of you for giving up drinking while you were pregnant. It saddens me to think that there are so many mothers out there who don't give more thought to their unborn child. It can seriously harm a child to have the mother drinking during pregnancy. What are these women thinking? I just can't understand it at all. To bring a life into this world is one of the most beautiful things in nature, in life itself. Shouldn't these women be more caring about the yet to be born life within their womb?
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• United States
21 Jan 07
Yes I think that those women should be held responsible for their actions. However there are some women who just don't care about what they do to their bodies or how it effects other people. I have two children already and I have another one on the way. I know a girl who was pregnant and caused herself to miscarry because of her drinking. She became pregnant again and still continued to drink irresponsibly. I think she should have to take classes for her problem with not being able to give up drinking. They offer classes for pregnant women who smoke I wonder if they offer the same for women who drink.
@7nicole1 (1634)
• Canada
21 Jan 07
im raising my step son, who's mom drank while pregnant with JAKE, he is mildly delayed. she is not allowd access to him which im grateful for but when you think about it...he's the one that will suffer from what his mother did, so really who's problem is it?
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21 Jan 07
This is so true. It must be sad to see the affects that could so easily have been avoided. I wish you and your family happiness.
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@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
21 Jan 07
these women are selfish, irresponsible individuals who don't deserve to have children. if they're like this while pregnant, just think how they'll treat the child once its born. don't they realize the risks? it's so disgusting how people like this can become parents.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I think if they are so upset at the thought of changing their lifestyle slightly while pregnant by not drinking, they should think about how much they are going to have to change their lives when they have to take care of the emotionally or physically handicapped child that results from their choices.
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@camille101 (1027)
• United Arab Emirates
21 Jan 07
I believe if this is the case, then those expecting mothers don't really fully realize the responsibility of being a responsible mother. If, in the early stages of pregnancy they can't take care of the baby, I believe they will not be the best of mothers who can take care of children in the future. What then you can expect from them when the child will be born. Will they be as nurturing or loving as they can be, I say no. Because they are selfish. They only think of themselves. The question is, why let yourself become pregnant in the first place if you can't take care of the child.
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• India
21 Jan 07
Yeah I agreee with you sister. A would-be mother must take full care of herself and refrain from taking any such measures like drinking and smoking. As a mother is the sole GOD for the child she must not do any such things so as to harm the baby.
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@Liezel (47)
• Philippines
21 Jan 07
i think it is not good to any pregnant women who always drink... coz it is not good to our health, you better stop to drink before its too late...
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I agree about not drinking heavily or even moderately while pregnant, but the whole idea that even light drinking has a high risk of birth defects, sounds like ludicrous propaganda, the same kind that tells you that breathing in second hand smoke once a week will give you lung cancer. I would take it with a grain of salt, but even if it is a lie, the rest of it is good advice, and moderate and heavy drinking should NOT be done while pregnant.
@Jolting (30)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I don't think that people need a license before having kids, but we need licenses to drive. I hear stuff like this though and it makes me think twice about what I think.
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think women who smoke or drink (or both) while they are pregnant are very selfish. All because they want to damage their own bodies, they should at least care about the health of their precious unborn baby. They have a choice, that baby does not.
• United States
21 Jan 07
Interesting link. I think it's the responsibility mothers have to not drink. Drinking can really harm a baby in the mother's womb. I do believe the father is obligated to keep his wife from not drinking and support her completely to not drink.
@vityota (878)
• India
21 Jan 07
these women should have the responsibility but now a days who cares all are only wanting to enjoy their lives and who cares for the baby and even the husbands r not bothered to correct such wives
@Raycash (165)
• Italy
21 Jan 07
I think that definately it is worth it. it is really worth making a sacrifice for someone you love, isn't it?
21 Jan 07
i think drinking while a woman is pregnant is terrible. they kno the risks so why do it. i mean maybe there will b nothin wroung with the child...but what if there was...surely the mother would feel so quilty tht it could be their fault. i would never drink if i was pregnant
@sellj75 (208)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think that it is sad when a mother is not willing to give up something for her children, especially when its only 9 months. Its not like you're pregnant forever or anything.
@tiff1496 (571)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Yes! Your right. Mothers do need to give up drinking while pregnant. Drinking can do so much hard to an unborn baby, its sad. Another thing that makes me mad is seeing a pregnant woman smoking. Can someone really be that clueless?