Doctors Say Warning Pregnant Women Over Alcohol Use Is Counter-Productive

Doctors worry women are having abortions because of the consumption of only a few drinks

NHS under fire for their guidelines for pregnant women regarding alcohol

Experts say women are overly-worried regarding their pregnancies after official guidelines have instructed them to abstain from alcohol entirely when they’re pregnant. Some expecting mothers may even opt for abortions because they worry they may have hurt their soon-to-be-born child by consuming alcohol.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service; a women’s group called Birthrights, and university scientists specializing in the field of child-rearing say official instruction regarding drinking is too strict.

The information pushed by the UK nations’ CMO’s erased the first part of the report that stated it was okay for women to consume 1-2 standard drinks of alcohol per 7 days while pregnant and instead told them to abstain from alcohol entirely.

Claire Murphy, director of external affairs at BPAS, said citizens of the United Kingdom need to reconsider the way the risks are explained to women on pregnancy issues.

She went on to say there can be consequences to exaggerating evidence or stating it is a certain fact when it hasn’t been proven with 100% certainty.

Claire claimed being too strict with the guidelines might be pushing women towards having pregnancy terminations because they think they have irreparably harmed their baby by having one single drink.

Ellie Lee, who is the manager of Kent University’s Center For Parenting Culture, said women might avoid social events out of fear they won’t be able to exercise willpower.

Lee claimed, the guidelines for females to avoid drinking and to opt out of social situations where alcohol is present because they’re scared of harming their children is “sexist” rather than benign.

She claimed the scrutiny of their actions by other people is not harmless but possibly damaging.

In the revised guidelines from last year, the UK review revealed the data on alcohol consumption while pregnant from 2008, and they concluded that the evidence regarding the effect of small amounts of consumption on a baby’s health is elusive.

Despite that fact, they claimed it is best to avoid alcohol altogether because the doctors don’t know for sure the full effect of drinking on the baby’s well-being.

The National Health Service’s website, which emphasizes healthy lifestyles stated that what a person drinks is what the baby drinks as well, therefore pregnant women should avoid alcohol.

Jennie Bristow, who is a professor of sociology, criticized the adverse effects of the advice given to expecting mothers and asked the question of whether it makes the babies healthier or does it unnecessarily frighten women regarding their bodies and their children?

She said pushing worry and trepidation is not a good way to show concern for women that are pregnant.

The guide states that alcohol and many other substances is a teratogen, which is a chemical that can potentially bother the natural growth of the fetus. They may cause a congenital disability, or even stop the pregnancy. The potential damages to the child include it being born too soon, being too small, or being at risk of psychological and behavorial issues.

The Royal College Of Midwives thinks that women should avoid drinking alcohol altogether because there isn’t any data suggesting that any amount of alcohol is healthy for the baby.