Rachel Weisz: Sparks Controversy, You Can Drink When You're Pregnant.

  1. [​IMG] Controversial: Rachel Weisz said it was 'fine' for expectant mothers to have a glass of wine after the first three months.

    The 35-year-old, who recently gave birth to her first child, said she thought it was "fine" for expectant mothers to have a glass of wine after the first three months.

    British-born Miss Weisz added: "I mean in Europe they drink it".
    Her comments, which were made while she promoted her latest movie The Fountain, were immediately criticised by medical experts who described them as "ill-informed" and "dangerous".

    The Government is currently reviewing guidelines on drinking alcohol when pregnant after experts warned that even very small amounts could result in Foetal Alcohol Syndrome which can lead to learning difficulties, poor co-ordination and attention deficit disorder.

    Current UK guidelines say pregnant women can drink one or two units, the equivalent to one or two small glasses of wine or single measures of spirit, once or twice a week.
    In the US and Canada complete abstinence from drinking is advised for expectant mothers.

    Last night foetal alcohol syndrome specialist Dr Raja Mukherjee, of St George's Hospital Medical School in London, said: "If Rachel Weisz has drunk during her pregnancy and the baby is fine then that's just pure luck. The problem is that you don't know who is at risk and who is not.
    "It doesn't mean that anyone who has drunk alcohol is going to be affected but because we cannot predict, then it is safer to avoid it.

    "There is a risk throughout your whole pregnancy.There is potential harm to the unborn baby's brain at any point and that is fact."
    Sharon Fleisher, founder of the National Organisation of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, said: "Damage to a foetus can be caused throughout the whole nine months of pregnancy. I think that the comment that she made is dangerous. It is very irresponsible because she is not an expert and she doesn't know the full effects alcohol can have on an unborn child.

    "She is also wrong about Europe because as of October 2007, France are putting warning labels on all stock in the shops."
    She added that for most children the real problems only began when they started school and lagged behind other youngsters of their age.
    Miss Weisz, who won an Oscar last year for her role in The Constant Gardener made her comments in an interview in New York to publicise the film, in which she appears with actor Hugh Jackman.

    Asked whether she thought a glass of wine was fine she replied: "Personally I do. They say not in the first three months though, but I think that after that it's fine. I mean in Europe they drink it".
    The Fountain is directed by Miss Weisz's American fiance, Darren Aronofsky.
    The couple live in New York together and the actress gave birth to their first son Henry Chance in May.
    Just four months later she was pictured looking radiant at a red carpet appearance for the movie at the Venice Film Festival.
    In the same interview she went on to say that there were "certain rules" for expectant mothers. She added: "Like, you shouldn't eat raw meat when you're pregnant. There are basic rules that I'm sure the doctor will tell you."
    Of her son Miss Weisz said: "Everything he does is funny to me. He's gorgeous. He really is, but I'm very biased."
    She said she was attempting to perform a "balancing act" between working and spending time with him.
    She said: "The good thing about being an actress is that, before he starts school anyway, there is a lot of downtime and there is a lot of time between films too. So he can come hangout."
    A spokesperson for the Royal College of Midwives said: "We don't take the view that women have to abstain from alcohol altogether.
    "If women feel they can abstain then that has obviously got to be the least risk.
    "But if it is part of your social norm then we don't feel there is anything wrong with having the odd drink. Every one is different and we as midwives try to ensure that their pregnancy is manageable for them.
    "There is no set situation for women. Midwives here have experienced some who drink a lot and their children do not develop Foetal Alcohol Syndrome while others have just the one drink and their child develops it.

    "We just want women to accept pregnancy as part of their normal life". A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "We recommend a guideline of one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week, at any stage of pregnancy. The principal outcome from our scientific tests is that for most, there is no adverse effects for low to moderate pre-natal alcohol consumption. Women should stick to these guidelines even if they are trying for a baby."
  2. it's risky and when you're responsible for another human being developing properly, it's wreckless to drink whilst pregnant IMO.
    A sip? Fine, a whole glass of wine is delivered right to your developing fetus:yucky: not worth the risk to me!
  3. It's true that they do drink while pregnant in Europe. If that's what they want to do fine. But honestly in the US, you will get chewed out by the person next to you if you put a glass of wine to your lips.
  4. I had the most bizzare cravings for beer while I was preggers!:nuts: I find a much harder time with pregnant women who smoke than ones that have an occasional glass of wine.
  5. I do know plenty of woman who had a glass of wine with a big meal when they were pregnant and all their kids are fine. In Europe its very common place. I don't know if I would do it but I do know that all in all America is a very conservative country and i don't think people have to attack her.
  6. The way I see it, I have the rest of my life to have a glass of wine, but the baby has nine months to develop. If I cannot abstain for sefety's sake during that time period, then I think my priorities are screwed up. Until we know the exact amount at the exact time that will cause issues with the child, then why take the risk? While I very much agree that Americans tend to be overly conservative, in this case I'd rather err on the side of caution.
  7. They spelt fetus "foetus" like 5 times.
  8. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
  9. I'm from Europe and honestly I hadn't realized that pregnant women drank or at least I haven't seen it! But tell me why it is okay to smoke while pregnant??? I've seen women who are pregnant smoke in the U.S. I understand the craving for a cigarette but wouldn't it be much healthier to abstain from it for a while, until your baby is born?
  10. I really don't know that much about the effects of an occassional glass of wine on a fetus....

    but I would think that smoking during pregnancy (which is actually quite common) would be much more harmful....but somehow we seem much more accepting of it.

    I dunno....just speculating really...
  11. I think that is stupid why risk it for a glass of wine? If you can't wait nine months for it that is sad. I'd rather be conservative and safe then be cosmipolitan and risk my baby!!!

    I agree, you shouldn't smoke while pregnant either that is too risky. But as a smoker who is trying to quit I have to say it is sooooo difficult to quit, if you have never smoked you can't understand, so maybe that is why you see some women smoking, it's not that they don't care it is just so addictive and hard to quit, that being said if I got pregnant right now I would quit immediately no matter how horrible it was, the life of your baby is more important!!!
  12. I remember after I found out I was pregnant fearfully telling my doctor about an earlier drunk. She laughed at me and asked me how many children I thought were conceived as a result of "earlier drunks." :p :p

    I'm not condoning drinking while pregnant, but one really does need to keep some perspective I think.

  13. the spelling is not incorrect. "foetus" is the english variation. it's like how we spell "color" and they spell "colour," and so on.

    back on topic... i wouldn't take the risk with drinking even one glass, even if some say it is ok. maybe she just didn't realize that it's a lot more controversial here before saying that.
  14. I hate to see pregnant women smoke.
  15. Historically speaking, in biblical times wine was safer to drink than bacteria filled water so it was common for most pregnant women to drink with meals.

    Yes, drinking copious amounts of alcohal will have harmful effects on a fetus, but this is true with any activity. Sadly, more fetuses/pregnant mothers are sickened by uncooked vegetables, shellfish, salads and meats than by a small glass of wine.