The Duty of a Mother

At university earlier this year, I was presented with the challenge of taking two photos, photoshopping them together and creating a statement. Naturally, I leant towards the controversial and thus the above image was created.

The effects of alcoholism on pregnancy is an issue that never leaves the media spotlight. A simple search on Google provides me with the following headlines; “Don’t Judge Me For Having That Glass Of Wine While Pregnant”, New numbers prompt new warnings about drinking during pregnancy”, “How Much Can You Safely Drink While Pregnant?” Those are only three of the approximate 998,000 search results. 

Not only is the issue ever-present, it is also one with two opposing sides. Many people agree that drinking alcohol while pregnant is irresponsible and detrimental to the health of the baby. However, many people also agree that having the occasional drink while pregnant will do no harm and may even be beneficial.

I don’t quite know where I sit on the spectrum because I am unsure of the science behind it all. However, from what I have read, it appears that there is more evidence to discourage the use of alcohol during pregnancy. Some consequences include slow infant development, difficulties breastfeeding, intellectual disadvantages, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Whether you understand the science or not, I still believe that you have a duty as a mother to abstain from anything that has the potential to harm your baby. Whether that be smoking, drugs or alcohol… a pregnant Mother should not use anything that has even the slightest chance of inflicting pain on the child. Isn’t that logical?

At the end of the day, a pregnant woman is entitled to her own way of being. That being said, I don’t think a Mother should be allowed to bring another human into the world if she is unable to fight for its well-being.

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