A news article released yesterday discusses smoking and alcohol use in pregnancy among Alberta women. The article suggests that rates appear to be increasing although it is not clear whether this is due to more women openly discussing their substance use, changes in data collection procedures, or due to actual increases.

Libby Copeland has a reflective piece in Slate Magazine as a follow-up to the pandemonium unleashed last week by the release of the UK study suggesting that light drinking during pregnancy is not harmful to children. She interviews Gideon Koren from the Motherisk program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as well as several social historians and FASD advocates.

Read more:

Rising number of Alberta women admit to drinking, drug use during pregnancy (Calgary Herald, October 11, 2010)

Drinking While Pregnant: Do women really need to abstain completely? (Slate, October 12, 2010)