It is a well-accepted concept that pregnant women should not drink alcohol. While some Doctors feel it is OK for a woman to have a glass of wine here and there while pregnant, everyone agrees that any more than that is dangerous for the baby. If you drink alcohol when you’re pregnant, the alcohol crosses the placenta into the bloodstream of the unborn baby and could interfere with how it grows and develops. Alcohol can cause damage to an unborn baby at all stages of pregnancy. The often resulting Fetal Alcohol Syndrome can’t be cured.
But the issue of drinking a little remains divided. Emily Oster’s book, Expecting Better – Why The Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong — And What You Really Need To Know, suggest that light drinking is OK.
However, the concept of not drinking alcohol while pregnant has rarely delved into the pre-pregnancy-confirmation time slot. It is generally accepted by most women that as a rule of thumb, you stop drinking once you find out you are pregnant. In a more strict adherence to the rule, if you are intentionally attempting pregnancy, you’d cease alcohol use as well. The CDC however, has issued a sweeping ideology over the matter citing that any woman between ages 15-44, who are not on birth control, are at risk of harming an unborn baby. Will the CDC eventually suggest we card all women before they purchase alcohol to make sure they are identified by the pharmaceutical industry as having a birth control prescription? This is insanely irresponsible information on the part of the CDC.
For me, this is where the divide ends and the greedy mysoginy begins. To suggest that all women who want to drink alcohol within child bearing age ranges avoid alcohol unless they take a pharmaceutical concoction that prevents pregnancy is outright ridiculous and disgusting. This is absolute discrimination. And this is a clear and transparent effort to propell the continued effort of medicating our society in general. This is a way to push birth control prescriptions and has nothing to do with helping prevent fetal alcohol issues. And they are doing at the expense of condemning women.