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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Good News for the Baby-Bumped

posted by on October 30 at 17:26 PM

According to the BBC:

Light drinking ‘no risk to baby’

Yeah! I’m going out and getting pregnant right now!

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Sensible people have known this all along. The anti-pleasure kooks have no trouble conflating the fetal alcohol syndrome of raging alcoholics with the perfectly normal children born to moderate drinkers for 10,000 years or more. They are wrong.

On the other hand, my mother drank and smoked. Do you want to risk having a baby Fnarf?

Posted by Fnarf | October 30, 2008 5:32 PM

Eh, you mean that load your toting around your waist ISN'T a baby? Well, I guess congratulations are not in order, Brandon.

Posted by Explain it | October 30, 2008 5:50 PM

Finally! I drank sparingly during my 3rd trimester and can't believe how many dirty looks I got the one time I drank a (shared!) glass of bubbly in public. People get so extreme about controlling what pregnant women do.
(and what Fnarf said, BTW)

Posted by Zil | October 30, 2008 5:52 PM

Yes, I think a pregnant woman with tired feet and swollen ankles and frayed nerves should enjoy the health benefits of a glass of wine every night.

Posted by raindrop | October 30, 2008 5:58 PM

So long as you lay off the Absinthe after a few glasses a day, you should be fine.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 30, 2008 6:05 PM

Er, I'd still lay of the sauce, actually. When my mother was prego with me she was told to stay away from alchohol as much as possible. She only had a glass of red wine once or twice a week. (Which is the same amount in the study.) Her friend, also knocked up, was told she could drink moderately. "Moderately" being no more than three martinis a day. So she did. I turned out ok, but the friends kid is er..."special" if you catch my drift.

Posted by yucca flower | October 30, 2008 6:28 PM

My mother stopped drinking when she found out she was pregnant. She did not, however, stop smoking pot and was smoking a joint when her water broke. I turned out pretty decent, I think.

And my parents finished it on the way to the hospital.

Posted by Leslie N. | October 30, 2008 7:18 PM

Light drinking? So as long as it's light beer, you're golden, right?

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 30, 2008 7:51 PM

Yeah, I'm going out and getting drunk right now--let's make some magic, Kiley!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 30, 2008 8:18 PM

Beer and alcohol evolved as a way to have clean drinking water in the absence of such. So, the barbarians drank beer as their water.

Up until the 20th century, most babies were born inebriated.

And that's the fact -- JACK!

Posted by John Bailo | October 30, 2008 10:00 PM

What fnarf said.


Posted by gnossos | October 30, 2008 11:58 PM

About bloody time, the whole one drop = FAS thing never made any sense to me. It's nice to have some data to back that up.

My mother used to be a prenatal teacher and I distinctly remember her on the phone to one of her students whose baby was having a particularly bouncy night. She suggested having a beer - the effect of that small amount of alcohol would be enough to relax both the mother and baby, and she could get some sleep. I told that story to someone a few years back and they looked horrified.

Perfectly normal people turn into complete fascists when confronted with a pregnant woman. A friend of mine couldn't breastfeed - the baby wasn't getting enough nutrition from the milk and was losing weight. Total strangers would accost her on the street and tell her the horrible damage she was doing to her baby by not breastfeeding.

Posted by wench | October 31, 2008 7:29 AM

This is what happens in a country filled primarily with idiots who have no concept of common sense. You need expensive research to tell you something that anyone with any form of intelligence has known all along.

its scary living on top of you all

Posted by Wurm | October 31, 2008 7:57 AM

Fortunately for my siblings and I, it was my dad who did the virtually total pie chart of the drinking.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | October 31, 2008 8:02 AM

@6: your mom's friend wasn't a moderate drinker. she was a heavy drinker. this is yet another example of absurd, typically american overreactions to commonplace risk.

like fucking taking your kid's candy to the hospital to be xrayed..

Posted by max solomon | October 31, 2008 9:08 AM


Goodness knows, I've been pretty tough on Kiley lately, but in his defense, I must say, the dude is damned SVELT!

(And I say that in a total, "older het guy comfortable in his sexuality, and not inferring anything beyond the substance of the statement itself" kind of way.)

So, Napoleon - he's all yours.

Posted by COMTE | October 31, 2008 10:07 AM

I hope Obama turns the entire fucking USA into Sweden so all us boys can get sex change operations, then get preggers and rip-snortin' drunky-kunky. Let's roll!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 31, 2008 12:38 PM

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