By CLAUDIA BROWN
Every few months or so, the Internet goes crazy over a new study that says what is okay and not okay to do while pregnant.
For example, first it is not okay to drink alcohol while pregnant, then it was suggested that having a glass of wine once a month is healthy. And now, it is okay to only drink the last month a woman is pregnant.
WebMD poses the question “How much alcohol is too much?”
It also states that “The problem with drinking and pregnancy is that there is no amount that has been proven to be safe.”
The latest theory states that it is not only okay, but it is actually good for ones pregnancy.
David Garry an OBGYN admits 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.”
Journalists and reporters quickly write about why the new theory is correct and why we were wrong in the past. Obviously, it is their job to get information out there as quickly and accurately as possible.
In this case, although the journalists and reporters are doing their jobs, they are missing the extensive research as to why people’s perceptions change.
New studies are frequently done, but how correct are they? Within in the past two years, doctors have changed their mind about alcohol intake while pregnant.
Wanting to get the information out there with the newest studies, the accuracy of information is not always clear. If it were, these new studies would all conclude in agreement with one another.
Doctors are still not agreeing on which theory is most correct. If doctors are admitting they do not know, it is impossible for the reporting to be 100% accurate.