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18th Jul '16 7:01:35 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the Harry Potter fanfic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7181871/1/Foolish Foolish]]" by Tonksaholic, there is a potion called thead that "...mimics the effects of alcohol. Normally, it's not dangerous, but it interacts violently with the hormones produced during pregnancy..."

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* In the Harry Potter ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7181871/1/Foolish Foolish]]" by Tonksaholic, there is a potion called thead that "...mimics the effects of alcohol. Normally, it's not dangerous, but it interacts violently with the hormones produced during pregnancy..."



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* There was similar ValuesDissonance in ''Film/{{Skyjacked}}'', which has a visibly pregnant passenger order a Bloody Mary on the the rocks.

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* There was similar ValuesDissonance in ''Film/{{Skyjacked}}'', ''Skyjacked'', which has a visibly pregnant passenger order a Bloody Mary on the the rocks.
18th Jul '16 6:59:21 PM Pichu-kun
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* Subverted in the film ''Blackboard Jungle''. At a restaurant the protagonist pours his four-months-pregnant wife a cup of champagne. The wife only reacts in mild surprise that she's allowed to eat spaghetti and champagne while pregnant. She previously had a miscarriage but doesn't worry what alcohol could do to her current child. ValuesDissonance is probably the reason, as the film is from 1955.



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* On ''Series/MadAboutYou'':

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* Amusingly [[AvertedTrope averted]] in the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games, where one of the women whom the player can marry will mistake morning sickness for a bad hangover.
** Not only that, but in ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' one of the requirements for marrying her is beating her in a {{drinking contest}}, requiring you to build up your tolerance with repeated alcohol purchases.
** In many of the DistaffCounterpart games, your player character ''herself'' can drink as much alcohol as you wish while pregnant, without any harm whatsoever. There is at least one game where your husband will insist that, in your case, there's no way that a little alcohol is any danger to you or the baby. This is because, by that point, you are heavily pregnant and have still managed to keep the farm running practically single-handed, all without the slightest hint of ill-health.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The Sims 2]]'', a pregnant woman can make and serve drinks, but not have one herself, [[note]]The drink tray is unselectable if the mom-to-be is selected.[[/note]] despite the fact that they're [[FrothyMugsOfWater "juice drinks"]], and the developers otherwise deliberately avoid insinuating that they might be alcoholic in order to keep the rating down.

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* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'':
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Amusingly [[AvertedTrope averted]] in the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' games, where one of the women (Karen pictured above) whom the player can marry will mistake morning sickness for a bad hangover.
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hangover. Not only that, but in ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' one of the requirements for marrying her is beating her in a {{drinking contest}}, requiring you to build up your tolerance with repeated alcohol purchases.
** In many of the DistaffCounterpart games, games (and later just the games period once being able to choose your gender was implemented), your player character ''herself'' can drink as much alcohol as you wish while pregnant, without any harm whatsoever. There is at least one game where your husband will insist that, in your case, there's no way that a little alcohol is any danger to you or the baby. This is because, by that point, you are heavily pregnant and have still managed to keep the farm running practically single-handed, all without the slightest hint of ill-health.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheSims The ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 2]]'', 2}}'', a pregnant woman can make and serve drinks, but not have one herself, [[note]]The drink tray is unselectable if the mom-to-be is selected.[[/note]] despite the fact that they're [[FrothyMugsOfWater "juice drinks"]], and the developers otherwise deliberately avoid insinuating that they might be alcoholic in order to keep the rating down.



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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' twentieth season episode "Double, Double, Boy in Trouble," where a {{Flashback}} shows a single drop of sprayed alcohol going down Marge's throat by accident, whereupon it changes the nondescript baby boy inside her into a [[PsychoticSmirk wickedly smirking]] Bart.

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Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' the twentieth season episode "Double, Double, Boy in Trouble," where a {{Flashback}} shows a single drop of sprayed alcohol going down Marge's throat by accident, whereupon it changes the nondescript baby boy inside her into a [[PsychoticSmirk wickedly smirking]] Bart.



* Meanwhile, on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', after Meg claims to be pregnant, Lois advises her that if she's going to dose herself on drugs and alcohol to induce a miscarriage to be committed to it, otherwise she'd end up giving birth to something like Chris.

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Meanwhile, on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', after Meg claims to be pregnant, Lois advises her that if she's going to dose herself on drugs and alcohol to induce a miscarriage to be committed to it, otherwise she'd end up giving birth to something like Chris.



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10th Jul '16 8:11:59 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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Fair enough, but many TV shows take this to ridiculous lengths. Comedy series especially hang entire scenes on the pregnant woman desperately avoiding taking even a single sip of the wine offered, as if even a single drop of alcohol will irreparably harm the helpless little fetus. Conversely, the second a person serving drinks learns that the woman getting one is pregnant will the one where you see the server stopping the pouring faster than you can imagine.

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Fair enough, but many TV shows take this to ridiculous lengths. Comedy series especially hang entire scenes on the pregnant woman desperately avoiding taking even a single sip of the wine offered, as if even a single drop of alcohol will irreparably harm the helpless little fetus. Conversely, the second a person serving drinks learns that the woman getting one is pregnant will be the one where you see the server stopping the pouring faster than you can imagine.
10th Jul '16 8:10:46 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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->'''''Government Warning''': According to the Surgeon General, Women should not drink alcohol during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.''
-->-- '''''Warning Label''' found on all alcoholic beverages in the United States''.

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->'''''Government Warning''': Warning:''' According to the Surgeon General, Women women should not drink alcohol during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.''
-->-- '''''Warning Label''' Warning label found on all alcoholic beverages in the United States''.
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6th Jul '16 3:50:35 PM zarpaulus
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* In one strip of ''Muertitos'', Angel-Pie Hova complains at one point that her mom didn't drink ''enough'' during the pregnancy that produced her, because she could really have used a third arm at the time.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', a visibly pregnant Zala'ess Vel'Sharen is seen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10436 imbibing some very expensive liquor]] at one point during a peace negotiation. This naturally caused some concern on the comic's forums and a lively debate on the subject. In retrospect [[spoiler:this was probably a clue that it was a FakePregnancy]].
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* In one strip of ''Muertitos'', Angel-Pie Hova complains at one point that her mom didn't drink ''enough'' during the pregnancy that produced her, because she could really have used a third arm at the time.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', a visibly pregnant Zala'ess Vel'Sharen is seen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10436 imbibing some very expensive liquor]] at one point during a peace negotiation. This naturally caused some concern on the comic's forums and a lively debate on the subject. In retrospect [[spoiler:this was probably a clue that it was a FakePregnancy]].
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25th Jun '16 2:07:37 PM talltalltree
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* In the ''Series/SilentWitness'' episode "Safe", after a gang leader is murdered, the post-mortem reveals that he had very clear signs of FAS which contributed to his crimes (because the part of his brain that should have dealt with morality was severely damaged.) His rich and snobbish mother, who had been trying to sue the police over her son's death, withdraws her claim after being shown the evidence that she had drunk heavily during her pregnancy.
3rd Jun '16 7:24:56 AM DesertDragon
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Alcohol can harm fetuses. The problem is, nobody is sure ''how much'' alcohol it takes to do ''how much'' harm, and nobody is in a hurry to do an in-depth study on it. With medical advice in a state of permanent indecision about exactly how much alcohol can safely be consumed by a pregnant woman, the only thing that's sure is that "none" is definitely ''less'' than whatever the safe amount actually is. This leads many women (and many doctors) to advise that they play it safe and swear off the booze entirely as soon as they miss their first period.

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We all know about Fetal Alcohol can harm fetuses.Syndrome, the irreversible brain damage that results from prenatal exposure to alcohol. The problem is, nobody is sure ''how much'' alcohol it takes to do ''how much'' harm, and nobody is in a hurry to do an in-depth study on it. With the medical advice community in a state of permanent indecision about exactly how much alcohol can safely be consumed by a pregnant woman, woman (they can't exactly tell fifty expecting mothers to go on a bender and see what happens), the only thing that's sure certain is that "none" is definitely ''less'' less than whatever the safe "safe" amount actually is. This leads many women (and many doctors) and doctors to advise that they play it safe and swear off the booze entirely as soon as they miss their first period.



Somehow it's always in a situation where not drinking alcohol would be suspicious or unacceptable. Somehow the woman is convinced that simply refusing a drink will cause everyone to shout, "AHA! You're pregnant!" when it's supposed to be a secret - and sometimes that is exactly how the pregnancy becomes known. This requires huge leaps of logic from the other people, instead of assuming the woman simply ''wants'' water or a soft drink, or doesn't drink alcohol for other reasons (religion, medical, just hating the taste).

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Somehow it's always in a situation where not drinking alcohol would be suspicious or unacceptable. Somehow the The woman is convinced that simply refusing ordering a drink Shirley Temple at the bar will cause everyone to shout, "AHA! You're pregnant!" when it's supposed to be a secret - and sometimes that is exactly how the pregnancy becomes known. This requires huge leaps of logic from the other people, instead of assuming the woman simply ''wants'' water or a soft drink, or doesn't drink alcohol for other reasons (religion, medical, just hating the taste).
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An example of TruthInTelevision. A survey of U.S. bar workers confirms that most would refuse point blank to serve an alcoholic drink to a visibly pregnant woman, which would make for an interesting lawsuit. Ironically, the further along the pregnancy (where the process's focus shifts from development to growth), the ''less'' danger there is to the unborn child (at least as demonstrated, with a major caveat being that it's harder to find visibly pregnant women who drink significant amounts and extremely unethical to give them alcohol to see what happens). The requirement for pregnant women to abstain from alcohol was based on the existence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: basically, the fetus' fragile developing brain cells and structures can be malformed or have development interrupted by prenatal alcoholism, resulting in developmental deficits including but not limited to mental retardation. You can witness the damage [[http://www.judiciaryreport.com/images/fas-brain.jpg here.]]

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An example of TruthInTelevision. A survey of U.S. bar workers confirms that most would refuse point blank to serve an alcoholic drink to a visibly pregnant woman, which would make for an interesting lawsuit. Ironically, the further along the pregnancy (where the process's focus shifts from development to growth), the ''less'' danger there is to the unborn child (at least as demonstrated, with a major caveat being that it's harder to find visibly pregnant women who drink significant amounts and extremely unethical to give them alcohol to see what happens). The requirement for pregnant women to abstain from alcohol was based on the existence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: basically, the fetus' fragile developing brain cells and structures can be malformed or have development interrupted by prenatal alcoholism, resulting in developmental deficits including but not limited to mental retardation. You can witness the damage [[http://www.judiciaryreport.com/images/fas-brain.jpg here.]]
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23rd Apr '16 2:04:28 PM CassandraLeo
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* In the season 4 finale of {{Archer}}, Lana vehemently refuses alcohol; at the end of the episode, she reveals her pregnancy. This carries over into the next season, with her hard drinking coworkers often trying to offer her alcohol and Lana pointing out that she couldn't possibly have any since she's pregnant.

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* In the season 4 finale of {{Archer}}, ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Lana vehemently refuses alcohol; at the end of the episode, she reveals her pregnancy. This carries over into the next season, with her hard drinking coworkers often trying to offer her alcohol and Lana pointing out that she couldn't possibly have any since she's pregnant. Averted in a flashback, where Malory asks for a drink after her water breaks.
31st Mar '16 6:16:49 PM MsChibi
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* In the ''Literature/BookOfJudges'', Samson's mother is told by an angel not to drink wine or beer during her pregnancy with him. This had less to do with the physical health/safety/well-being of the baby [[note]] Men, women, and children of the Bronze Age all consumed alcohol, including during pregnancy, because it was usually safer (i.e. less likely to cause sickness) than drinking water. [[/note]], however, than the fact that he was to become a Nazirite BecauseDestinySaysSo. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazirite Nazirites]] were a group of Jewish ascetics, who (among other things) were not supposed to drink alcohol, or even to consume (unfermented) grapes.

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* In the ''Literature/BookOfJudges'', Samson's mother is told by an angel not to drink wine or beer during her pregnancy with him. This had less to do with the physical ''physical'' health/safety/well-being of the baby [[note]] Men, women, and children of the Bronze Age all consumed alcohol, including during pregnancy, because it was usually safer (i.e. less likely to cause sickness) than drinking water. [[/note]], however, than the fact that he was to become a Nazirite BecauseDestinySaysSo. In other words, his ''spiritual'' well-being. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazirite Nazirites]] were a group of Jewish ascetics, who (among other things) were not supposed to drink alcohol, or even to consume (unfermented) grapes.
30th Mar '16 1:05:26 PM MsChibi
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* In the ''Literature/BookOfJudges'', Samson's mother is told by an angel not to drink wine or beer during her pregnancy with him. This had less to do with the physical health/safety/well-being of the baby [[note]] Men, women, and children of the Bronze Age all consumed alcohol, including during pregnancy, because it was usually safer (i.e. less likely to cause sickness) than drinking water. [[/note]], however, than the fact that he was to become a Nazirite BecauseDestinySaysSo. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazirite Nazirites]] were a group of Jewish ascetics, who (among other things) were not supposed to drink alcohol, or even to consume (unfermented) grapes.
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