I didn't know I was pregnant and went out drinking for my bday!

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You’re fine. 8 dpo is super early, so I wouldn’t even stress about it.

Post # 3
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have many friends who didn’t know they were pregnant and drink a good amount before finding out. All of their kids have turned out beautifully! One such friend actually got pregnant right before her wedding, so she was partying hard at the wedding and then all through the honeymoon too. She found out when she got back from the honeymoon. She’s now got a perfectly healthy, precious 6 year old daughter. Mention it to your doctor, but I’m sure you’ll be ok. Try not to stress yourself out too much or beat yourself up over it!

Post # 4
10840 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

MRS-K: The same thing has happened to a few of my friends. The baby doesn’t get anything from you for the first month, so you’ll be fine.

Post # 7
696 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MRS-K:  I drank until I found out I was pregnant. Im 14 weeks and the baby is fine. Don’t stress out about it

Post # 8
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MRS-K:  If you drank before implantation (so 8 days PO is fine), then your bloodstream isn’t connected to the baby’s bloodstream yet, so it can’t do any harm. If it could do harm, almost every baby would be born with some kind of brain damage, because loads of people have no idea they’re pregnant until they have a missed period. So, don’t worry about it 🙂 

Post # 9
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

You would have to drink a lot over the course of your pregnancy for it to effect your baby.  One night out won’t do anything.

Post # 10
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You have nothing to worry about.  You don’t even share a blood supply with the baby that early.  There are TOOOOONS of other women who have been in the exact same situation, and their babies have been just fine.  Honestly, in the US we demonize having even a drop of alcohol during pregnancy, but it’s really much larger quantities over longer periods of time (basically, a habit of heavy drinking that continues throughout pregnancy) that causes FAS.  Hell, if a little alcohol during the first weeks of pregnancy caused major harm, our parents’ entire generation (and many generations before them) would have been screwed.

Post # 11
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

MRS-K:  Many women don’t know they are pregnant early on– especially if they weren’t trying specifically.

I didn’t find out I was pregnant until I was 8 weeks with my son.  I didn’t have a hunch– because I did have implantation bleeding/spotting right around the time I would have gotten my period– so I though I was just having a strange period.  Pregnancy never even crossed my mind.  My birthday was during this time- and I was 27- I was much more of a social drinker than I am now.  I went out often.  While I’m not proud of it, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get drunk 5-7 times between the time I got pregnant and I found out– like I said, my social life was much different. I obvioulsy stopped drinking as soon as I found out- and my son is now 6 and awesome.  

Of course if you read about FAS, it will scare the bejezus out of you– so don’t- because there’s no point.  

What you did is so common– I understand your concern- but 1) you can’t go back and change it and 2) because it’s so common, I simply wouldn’t worry about it- the worry is worse for your baby than the night you went out drinking.


Congrats on your pregnancy!!

Post # 12
5 posts

I was 6weeks when I discovered I was pregnant. Before that I’d had 2 nights where I’d drank rather a lot. But baby was absolutely fine, good weight and health. He’s now 4 and perfectly bonkers as he should be 🙂 

don’t go worrying, just keep healthy and be sensible from now on and all should be perfect x

Post # 13
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Please do not feel I’m accusing you of anything, this is simply to pur your mind at ease. My Mums parents were chronic alcoholics and all her kids turned out fine. My Mum is an intelligent, amazing person. 

Post # 14
1102 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

SadieBee:  just as an FYI mother and baby never share blood.

Post # 15
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You will be fine. I was almost in my 2nd trimester before I knew was pregnant and I had drank quite a bit before knowing.  Please stop stressing yourself out

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