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Pregnant pause at Aberdeen flash gathering

Flash mob in Aberdeen
Image caption The flash mob event took place at Aberdeen's Trinity Centre

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.

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