Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Pregnant? Abstain From Alcohol!

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Alcohol During Pregnancy Damages The Child's Life --- Irreversibly

Sad it is when obstetricians advice the gravida that it is alright to drink during the three trimesters, "as long as it is in moderation". For, after nodding her head, when she leaves the good doctor's clinic to reach home, who is to predict how the gravida is going to decide what "moderation" means? Till x number of sips, the baby is safe. But from x plus one-th sip on, the alcohol becomes a threat - who decides this? Unfortunately, there's nobody around to stop her from reaching for the next glass. That nobody can dare stop her, is another story. As you know, when the liquid drenches the tongue and sloshes down the gullet to reach the stomach, the brain goes out of control. That is the very nature of the liquid, that is the reason why we drink.

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The neonate, emerging fresh from the womb, has great many dreams about how they will enjoy the world. Little do they know how their alcohol-consuming mother has spiked all their chances of a good life, even before they have sucked the first breath in those still-collapsed lungs. Let's take just two examples. Which mother wouldn't be proud to have a son or a daughter who is good-looking? But take one sip too many of the broth brewed by Bacchus, just one sip too many, and you might end up with a child whose facial features are dysmorphic. Will the child remember you with love and affection when they get to read from the books later in life about the possible reasons why they ended up with facial dysmorphia, and then they suddenly remember how their mother used to always move around, drink in hand?

Hyper- and hypo-telorism, University of Florida_*

* Hyper- and hypo-telorism, University of Florida (http://www.peds.ufl.edu). This example of facial dysmorphology is about the distance between the eye-pupils. The left image is hypotelorism and the right image is hypertelorism; while the middle image shows normal inter-pupillary distance.

Or sample this. Would you like your child to be a front-runner in their career or vocation, would you like your child to develop into a well-rounded personality whose sharp brain and intellect wins them acclaim and honor from peers and colleagues and society, not to mention gets them a decent lifestyle? Or... would you rather see their feet chained by big steel balls of defeat before they even reach the starting line and before the referee fires the shot? It has been proven that people with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol effects (FAE) often find themselves struggling with problem-solving strategies, and have difficulty in functioning appropriately in everyday life. All because the mother drowned herself in merriment at parties and social do's and wherever the opportunity presented itself, without bothering for a moment about what the fetus she was carrying will think. And then you gripe that the universe has been unfair to your child.

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Whatever the white coats have to say, if you are a gravida or intend to be one or know somebody who is, you can do your own research on the internet to find out for yourself, about what alcohol can and cannot do to the life that the womb is nurturing or has the potential to nurture. For sexually active women within the child-bearing age band, this holds doubly important, since awareness of pregnancy is not there in those crucial first and second months, especially when the pregnancy is unplanned as is often the case. The message is simple: if you are serious about motherhood and all that it means, then why not abstain from alcohol? Is just a matter of nine months. But if you aren't, serious that is... then, well, why go through the whole rigmarole of labor pains in the first place?

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[Would you like to know how to give birth to a Messiah? Along with the right nutrition, also send the right thoughts to the child. Here is the detail: "How A Child Gets To Become A Messiah Or Jesus".]

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