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How I Met Your Mother

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Did you see the TV episode of How I Met Your Mother last night? It’s a funny show that’s always producing laughs. But one of last night’s chuckles wasn’t as spot on as usual.

The character Lily is pregnant on the show and last night her doctor told her it’s OK to drink a little wine while pregnant. The Ted character disagreed with the doc’s comment but later conceded. At the end of the show, Lily was shown holding a bowl of chips and a bottle of wine. I know it was meant to be funny, but that part wasn’t. Pregnant women should not drink alcohol – any alcohol.

Although many people are aware that heavy drinking during pregnancy can cause birth defects, many do not realize that moderate or even light drinking also may harm the baby. In fact, no level of alcohol use during pregnancy has been proven safe. Therefore, the March of Dimes recommends that pregnant women do not drink any alcohol, including beer, wine, wine coolers and liquor, throughout their pregnancy and while nursing. In addition, because women often do not know they are pregnant for a few months, women who may be pregnant or those who are attempting to become pregnant should not drink alcohol.

Another segment of the show involved eating sushi. Raw fish, including sushi and sashimi, and undercooked finfish and shellfish (including oysters, clams, mussels and scallops) are more likely to contain parasites or bacteria than cooked fish and, therefore, should be avoided by pregnant women.

My take away from this is to enjoy the laughs, but remember it’s just TV. Follow reliable medical advice and speak to your own health care provider.