The saying goes that if you can’t say something helpful you shouldn’t say anything at all… perhaps the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists needs a quick reminder? Or perhaps pregnant women need better advice?
Their latest advice to pregnant women suggests that they shouldn’t ‘wrap themselves up in a bubble’ but also flags that there could be dangers lurking in toiletries, food packaging, paint fumes, tinned food and ready meals
The trouble seems to be that society can’t decide if pregnancy is business as normal and not an illness or whether the second you conceive you suddenly become a walking womb and unable to make even the most basic decision yourself
Pregnant women are obviously going to be keen to protect and do the best thing for their unborn baby but just warning them off ‘toiletries’ creates far more confusion than explaining which chemicals might pose a risk, what the risk is and the likelihood of it being an issue – how about comparing the exposure to the risks of radiation and chemicals from taking a flight? Or traveling on the tube? Or crossing the road and inhaling exhaust fumes?
The cynical part of me wonders if this is yet another ruse to worm more money out of worried expectant parents by preying on their worries – can we expect a range of authorised ‘safe’ toiletries to hit the shelves shortly along with unborn-baby-safe nursery paints and ready meals?
Or perhaps this is another attempt to force women to embrace nature during their pregnancy by making wearing make up the new consumption of alcohol? And let us remember exactly how badly put together the advice in relation to alcohol consumption is
Either way we need to start treating pregnant women like the intelligent, capable, caring mothers they are going to be and less like brain dead walking wombs who are incapable of making a reasoned decision and who should be prevented from carrying on and enjoying a normal life