According to Express on Friday, a pregnant woman is outraged and embarrassed because a bartender refused to serve her a glass of wine because he didn’t want it on his conscience.
Jane Hampson, 37, would usually enjoy one glass of her favorite red a week with a meal after carrying out research showing a weekly 125 ml glass was medically acceptable. However, when she and her partner went into have a drink at their local bar, the bartender refused to serve her when he noticed her large baby bump.
When she challenged him as to why, the bartender added: “I refuse to have serving alcohol to pregnant women on my conscience.” The exchange led to other customers at the busy bar looking over as Miss Hampson and partner Alistair Townend, 37 asked for explanation.
Eventually she was so embarrassed by the attention she walked out of the bar with Mr Townend, a technical print operator, and bought a glass of red wine elsewhere.
Alcohol and pregnancy: A fine line?
The NHS advise that pregnant women should drink no more than 1-2 glasses of alcohol once or twice a week, or around 4 to 8 ounces.
David Garry, DO and associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine says that researchers don’t know enough about the potential effects of drinking alcohol at particular times during the pregnancy to be able to say that any time is really safe.
However, a study published earlier this year showed that light drinking during the last trimester of pregnancy was not linked to developmental problems in children. “Children born to light drinkers don’t appear to be at any increased risk for developmental problems,” Yvonne Kelly, a professor at University College London and co-author of the study, told The Huffington Post.
A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘Drinking during pregnancy can be associated with miscarriage, fetal alcohol syndrome and low birth weight… Our advice remains that women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant should avoid alcohol.’ These risks mentioned happen most often in the first trimester, and alcohol should be avoided during this time period while brain and other important organs are developing.
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