The advice from the CDC and Prevention has created quite a stir to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome.
The CDC reports that about 3 million mothers “are at risk of harming their developing child to drugs. If you drink, you are sexually active and do not use pregnancy birth controls.”
Roughly half of all abortions are unplanned and about three of four women are unplanned. The CDC report issued on Tuesday states that ‘Whoever wants to become pregnant as soon as possible will never stop drinking alcohol until it has avoided birth control.’
The CDC now advises women to stop getting drunk. If they are trying to get pregnant or not having sex with birth control. That’s right, don’t drink.
In fact, the CDC also pointed out that alcohol can make a woman more vulnerable to injury or violence. As well as sexually transmitted diseases. But many observers pointed out that no articles warned people that drinking could lead to violent actions and STDs.
Emily Oster, an economist from Brown University, said: “That’s a very extreme manner [CDC] said. Who has written a book about women’s worrying advice in pregnancy sometimes?
Oster says the CDC wants to send an important message. There is no question that some women do not care about the effects of drinking. During the early weeks of pregnancy. When they may not even know that they are pregnant.
Yet Oster claims, given the tone and judgment mixed into the wording, it touched a nerve.
The backlash has rekindled the debate over whether during childbirth any amount of alcohol is healthy.
Tuesday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a statement pointing to its policy recommending that women abstain completely from alcohol during pregnancy.
But this does not mean that it is harmful to have a few drinks in the early weeks of pregnancy — before a woman realizes that she is pregnant.
“There have been 30 years of practice,” says OB-GYN and Hal Lawrence, CEO of ACOG. He says that before they knew that they were pregnant women would have a glass of wine or two, “Whenever they are, you can assure them that it isn’t a problem.
Yet Lawrence says the best recommendation is to completely avoid drinking during delivery. “Exposure to alcohol in any of the [ pregnancy ] trimesters can affect … the fetus.”
The CDC now seems to extend this advice to consider getting pregnant as well.
“We also encourage women and their partners and friends to support this idea: I won’t drink for a while because I’m thinking about getting pregnant,” Anne Schuchat of the CDC said during a conference announcing the new guidelines.