9 September 2011
Pregnant pause at Aberdeen flash gathering
A flash mob to highlight fetal alcohol problems has taken place in Aberdeen city centre.
The event at the Trinity Centre was part of a UK-wide "Pregnant Pause" flash mob.
The National Organisation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS-UK) stunt took place at 09:09 - on 9 September - to mark the nine months of pregnancy.
Participants placed a balloon up their tops and then froze for exactly nine minutes, before moving off.
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a pattern of mental and physical defects that can develop in a fetus in association with high levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
A new booklet - Pregnancy, Parenting and Alcohol, produced by NHS Grampian - was also launched at the event, and there will be an information stand in the shopping centre throughout the day.