Every time I see a Foxs News blip, or even a commercial about the latest drug to cure the latest disease, I turn to my husband and say "Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid".
It's a society of fear. People can be goverened by fear, because they feel they need someone in real power to protect them.
It's gotten to the point that it's considered unsafe to do anything really. Don't eat beef - Mad cow-. Don't eat poultry - avian flu. Cover your self in deet because of West nile. Oh, but wait, deet causes cancer, so don't use deet, better yet, don't go outside. Don't go to air shows. Don't ever trust strangers. Do this, don't do that. People are so confused that they now sit back and wait for someone else to tell them what to do. We've lost our ability to have critical thinking (oooh, an old friend Dio would LOVE that phrase), and now just sit by waiting for the next thing to be afraid of.
Heta, I am so on your page with the pregnancy thing. The fear data is overwhelming. My doctor advised me NOT to buy the book "What to expect when you are expecting" because the book goes into every little possible thing that could go wrong, even if there's only a 0.05% chance of it happening. Instead I bought "Girlfriend's Guide To Pregnancy" (which I recommend) and there is very little of the fear in there. And when they do mention some obscure disease, or even some regular disease, I just skip the section.
I'm eating healthy, I'm trying to be active, and I'm avoiding the major no-nos, but hey, if I decide that I want to have a small glass of wine or something, then I will. There is no point stresing out about what MIGHT happen, because then I'll miss all the joyous things about these 9 months. I think that couple in our class has read too many books now, and they will never be able to enjoy just being pregnant, without worrying about what a particular activity might do to their unborn child.
Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
Or don't. I've chosen not to.