(Closed) What do you think about the new CDC recommendation?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
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  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee

    What is the reasoning for not drinking? That women that have a glass of wine at dinner while accidentally 3 weeks pregnant are going to harm their baby?  That’s ridiculous.  Doesn’t alcohol impede sperm viability?  Where is a warning for men?

    Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

    Yeahhhhh….noooo….I don’t use BC for many reasons, but I’m definitely not spending the rest of my life sober.

    Post # 4
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It’s a recommendation not a government mandated order so no infringement. 

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I get where they are coming from, as fetal alcohol syndrome really can be a terrible thing.  But I think it is crazy to basically tell all women from 13-40+ not to drink alcohol only if you don’t take BC.  (Granted, 13 year olds probably shouldn’t be drinking anyway!) That’s just an insane recommendation if you ask me. For many many reasons. For one, BC doesn’t always prevent pregnancy. Just because they are taking it doesn’t mean it’s being taken properly to prevent pregnancy. There are soooo many things out there other than alcohol that can hurt the baby.  Some foods, some prescription medications, etc. So all women of child bearing age shouldn’t take part in any of that either??

    Just. plain. dumb.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    It’s disgusting.  They are trying to control women.  How about providing free birth control to us?  Or free pregnancy tests?  Better education about sex and fertility?  

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    natbrown0703:  But I think you’re reading it as if it says, “if you’re not on oral contraceptives, don’t drink.” What it actually says is “if you’re sexually active and not using any birth control, don’t drink.” Which frankly… makes a lot of sense to me.

    If you’re having sex and not doing anything to prevent pregnancy, you may become pregnant. If you’re also drinking, the fetus will be exposed to alcohol. This is all pretty straightforward. So unless people are using abortions as a primary method of birth control (also not recommended), sex + no birth control + alcohol = more fetal alcohol syndrome. 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I kind of think this is a great way to get more women to go on birth control. It’s kind of a cool thing for them to say. I mean if they had any way to enforce it that’s a different story, but it’s a healthy recommendation in my opinion. Alcohol has been shown to increase conception because it impairs judgment. And unplanned pregnancy increases abortion rates. So to me, recommending that women be on bc could potentially get them on bc so that they don’t get pregnant, thus cutting back on abortion rates in a very healthy way, which saves money and helps everyone involved.

    I don’t think they could have done this prior to birth control pills being free on all insurances. Now that it is, that sounds like a decent recommendation! Just because I see no reason for the average sexually active woman not to be on birth control.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I totally agree with this, but then again I’ve stopped drinking entirely while I’m TTC. Better safe than sorry in my book. I know there are a lot of things that are “ok” in moderation, but I’ve decided that if I was not using BC I need to think about potential baby rather than myself who wants 1 or 2 drinks. Your mindset needs to change if there’s even a chance that you could be prego only to be fair to the baby. Just my two cents. The only flaw to this recommendation is that BC isn’t 100% effective, but the recommendation will make some women stop and think about what they are doing which I think is a good step forward. I don’t think this is about women’s rights. This is about the health of the baby.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by  mrsblueeyes.
    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    It’s a recommendation. Would you say that a recommendation of limiting our red meat intake infrigne on your rights? Probably not. The recommendation are based on certain observation and trends, and they are there for the public. The case for an individual might differ. If you drink a lot and party a lot, and are sexually active, and not on any form of birth control/family planning, that maybe it’s time to rethink some of those choices, cause they don’t mix well and potential consequences of large alcohol intake during possibly pregnancy are severse. If you drink a glass of wine once a month obviously that’s a different scenario. 

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    lovelyruby:  I agree with you. Since there’s no enforcement, it’s just a (good) recommendation.

    The thing is, the recommendation is, “don’t do this stupid thing.” If people respond with, “it is my RIGHT to do stupid things!” doesn’t seem to me to be a terribly defensible position. 

    Post # 13
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    CanadianBride456:  no not really. You seem to have a misunderstanding of the term “rights”. Now if government stopped you from drinking as child baring aged female, that would be but one of the the CDC’s job is advise on health risks and to make recommendations. This is not an example of government overreach. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I just don’t get it at all. There is NO evidence that drinking before you share a blood supply with your baby is in any way linked to FASD. These recommendations aren’t based on any kind of science whatsoever, if you read the actual report. It strikes me as ludicrous fear-mongering. Maybe we could try devoting our efforts to actually helping women who have drinking problems while pregnant, who are actually at a high risk?!

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I can see not drinking when TTC and actually pregnant, that I get. Not drinking though at ALL. Yeah, no. I’m not a big drinker. Maybe A glass of something once a month, but still that’s a bit extreme.

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