How much alcohol is too much – for the potential fathers?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I haven’t read any good research done about dads, but I’ve read plenty of peer-reviewed reliable research articles in graduate studies about women having even one drink during pregnancy causing FAS symptoms to be shown (not every case, but some). They can be very miniscule effects like slight facial changes or something but doctor’s that keep up on the latest reacher seem to agree there is no safe amount of alcohol. Years ago a glass of wine was recommended but the research is a lot more clear than it’s not. More research should be done on the father’s though for sure and I would only trusted published peer-review journals in reliable databases. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

MrsN14:  There are other studies that show that a small amount of alcohol is not harmful, and can even have positive benefits.  You’re right, though, that there is no clear safe amount of alcohol, so no alcohol is best.  But acting as though one drink is going to give your kid FAS is a little alarmist.  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

peachacid:  It’s obviously not going to give full blown severe FAS with all the characteristics, but slight facial features or minor cognitive impairments have been found with very little alcohol intake which I never knew about until researching and it’s obviously not every case. Most people wouldn’t even suspect the person had FAS symptoms without very thorough evaluation. I wouldn’t be too worried if I accidently had a drink or two during pregnancy but it’s good to know about all of the possibilities.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

AB Bride:  What I think is weird is that I always thought that when women were trying to conceive, they shouldn’t drink alcohol.  I mentioned it in passing a few times here, and was told by multiple posters that it’s not, like, a thing at all.  Women and men can drink right up to conception.  It’s only after the baby’s a certain size that the alcohol affects the baby.  Apparently.  I know my husband was still drinking while we were trying, and so was I.  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MrsN14:  Post some citations.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

AB Bride:  I think for like the first six or so days after conception — meaning, like, fertilization of the egg — the baby is insulated from the mom’s system or something.  I should know all this stuff but I don’t.  But I do think there is a “safety window” for a bit.  Also, people drink through the first few weeks of pregnancy ALL the time, because they don’t know they’re pregnant…and FAS remains relatively rare.  Are you currently “TTC” (I hate acronyms)?

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