Opinion by Gail Braznell

Heavily pregnant and asking for a glass of wine, no wonder Jane Hampson felt humiliated when walking into a bar.

How she can be left dumbfounded when the barman refused to have “serving her” on his conscience defies belief. Not only is this lady pregnant but overdue with her first baby. Who’s needs is she putting first? It seems an unknown barman thinks more of her unborn child than she does herself.

Jane says “There is no way I would endanger my unborn baby”  but she is doing precisely that. There should be zero tolerance for women who drink whilst pregnant as scientists aren’t sure about the precise impact drinking small amounts of alcohol can have on unborn babies.

Alcohol abuse starts from the mother choosing to drink whilst pregnant. It then continues whilst baby is developing in the womb. It is estimated  that 7,000 children a year are born in the UK with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)

A high percentage of these will be taken into the care system and placed with often unsuspecting adoptive families like ours.

Our child’s birth mother drank whilst pregnant, but not to excess. Our child needs attention constantly and is very easily distressed amongst other issues. It is expected our child will present behaviour such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or similar disabilities due to his mother’s choice.

Our child could go on to have poor memory, hyperactivity, poor judgement, difficulty with concepts(maths, time, money), poor problem-solving skills, difficulty learning, staying safe, immature behaviour, poor impulse control, poor social skills and the ability to self-regulate which we will have to manage throughout childhood on a day to day basis.

Ask me again! should pregnant women be banned from drinking in pubs?

 Hell yes! 

Opinion published in That's life

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