Drinking and taking pills before finding out you're pregnant…

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Silly_love:  The embryo doesn’t impant until about a week and a half in I think, so at that point its just kind of floating around and not taking any nutrients from the mother. I would not freak out, but if you are really scared talk to your OB.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It shouldn’t be an issue at all. I was about 5 weeks when I found out I was pregnant and I told my doctor we had been drinking pretty heavily one night the week before. He said not to worry and to make better choices moving forward.

As far as pills go… they arent all that bad and most of them are classified as class C meaning they dont know if they hurt the baby or not. I stopped taking my anxiety medication and xanax but my doctor said if I have an episode, I can still take a xanax if I need to. It is better not to stress the baby. As long as you only take things once or twice it shouldnt be an issue. That being said, I still dont take any pills or drink because it does scare me .

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You don’t share blood with the embryo until a ways in. Most women have tested/know they are pregnant by then!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Silly_love:  I did a literature review on teratogenisis during embryonic development, & from what I’ve read, this is what most of the literature seems to indicate:

“The early embryo during cleavage, blastocyst, and early germ-layer stages (approximately the first 2 weeks of human pregnancy) is relatively insensitive to teratogenesis. In contrast, the organogenesis-staged embryo (from week 3 to week 8 of human gestation) is highly sensitive to teratogenesis, and there is a gradual decrease in teratogenic sensitivity as the fetal period (from the end of week 8 until parturition) proceeds” (Collins & Mao, 1999).

Collins, M. D., & Mao, G. E. (1999). Teratology of retinoids. Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 39, 399-430.

(My literature review was titled “The Teratogenicity of Vitamin A: The Risks of Isotretinoin Therapy”)

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsSkeletonKey:  so that (according to google is) “The process by which congenital malformations are produced in an embryo or fetus.” correct? your post was a little bit advanced for me and i suspect the majority of women reading it 😛

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

a lot of people dirnk before they know theyre pregnant. providing they stop once they know then the majority of the time the baby develops entirely normally. its when the baby and mother share blood through placenta (as opposed to yolk sac) after around 7 weeks or so that the baby is more vulnerable

i freaked out, as i was convinced my period was due as i had strong cramps. so i drank a lot of wine with my friends….then the next day felt odd so took a test on a whim, and it was positive. freaked out about the wine…but it seems that the baby should be fine

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Silly_love:  I believe 6 weeks is when the baby starts nutrient sucking. So if you didn’t know until 4 or 6 weeks, then stopped taking everything, you should be fine!

Just don’t take anything else until you can talk to your doctor!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@newname_99:  Sorry about that. I forgot to explain what teratogenic means, but yep, your answer is correct.

I should indicate though, that the statement above is particularly discussing retinoids, so your case isn’t totally applicable, as typical pills are a lot less dangerous to embryonic development that retinoic therapy, such as accutane (isotretinion).

However, the critical period for developement for the embryo is usually earlier on in developement, between 3-10 weeks.

This table might help you:

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Silly_love:  It’s a safe bet that happens all the time. Many pregnancies aren’t planned,  and of those that are not all women adapt an alcohol free motto while actively trying to get pregnant.  As long as you stop once you know about yhe baby, you should be fine.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I definitely worry about this from time to time…Ours was a honeymoon pregnancy, and although we realized it was a possibility, doubt it would happen so soon!  And there was champagne everywhere we went…and I love champagne…and drank.

Did I also mention that I got sick 2x during the first few weeks I was (unknowingly) pregnant?  Got some type of GI illness on the honeymoon and took Immodium for a couple days.  Then, a nasty cold and took cold medicine, which I now know is a big no-no.

The OB told me not to worry and that everything is on track so far with the baby…Just keeping my fingers crossed and trying not to beat myself up too much about it!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MrsSkeletonKey:  Commenting so I can keep a link to this chart – it’s amazing! Thanks for posting!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Cool chart! Also commenting to follow.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MrsSkeletonKey:  ok maybe I am misunderstanding that chart but it seems like a lot of people have a lot to worry about. I found out I was expecting 13DPO. Which is like 4 weeks Since youre considered 2 weeks at conception.  So if three weeks is a danger point drinking any time after ovulation seems pretty risky. I drank just a few days before I found out I was pregnant. Should I be concerned? 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

@ames12708:  it looks to me like week 0 on that chart is conception. Ie defined differently than pregnancy time in weeks. 

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