(Closed) Alcohol and Pregnancy

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Dr’s are not god.They are there to offer advice that should be used in part with your own knowledge. It’s just as important for a patient to educate themselves.

I’m wondering where he got this info from about it preventing high blood pressure, etc? Never have I heard this… but there are arguements for both sides…

Alcohol is something that many people don’t agree on. I’m in the “absolutely none” camp like you. Since it can possibly cause a problem, I figure I might as well cut it out all together for the 9 months I am pregnant. I don’t think that is too much to ask.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Interesting.  Well if he has seen research on it then maybe that is why he says it’s ok.  I don’t think there has been enough research on it considering they still don’t know how much is too much.  Some folks drink for a while before knowing they are pregnant and the baby is ok and others have a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome.  I think it’s a little too iffy but I would definitely love to see the research that he used to come up with this idea.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Honestly, I think you can find research to show both sides.  Unfortunately, we won’t really know because actual research can’t be done on pregnant women.  

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I personally think it is a personal decision if a woman wants to drink or not while pregnant or not.  I have heard both that is not good and then I have heard it is okay to have 1 drink of wine during pregnancy.

For myself the only time I drank anything and that was about a glass of champange at my wedding when I was pregnant.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

There is a lot of contradicting information about this topic. Some say, half a glass of wine here and there is ok, others say absolutely no alcohol should be consumed. MIL, who worked in health care and health education all her life, said an occasional glass of wine or beer would be good for me. Personally, I’m not comfortable with drinking during my pregnancy, so I won’t.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Thanks for the info.  Interesting they find it ok but don’t want to open themselves up to litigation to me that screams they don’t have the information to back it up. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

There are plenty of studies that support the idea that a total prohibition on alcohol isn’t necessary.

Women have been having babies for a long, long time.  Forbidding alcohol during pregancy is a relatively recent practice.  I’m not saying I know what’s best, of course.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have read articles based on scientific studies with similar findings. (One even found a small IQ increase in children whose mothers drank one glass of wine per week during pregnancy.) And of course, a generation or two ago, many women drank moderately during preganancy and most of their babies were fine. I’m not planning on having kids in the next few years and will do way more research before TTC, but so far, based on what I’ve read, I plan to abstain completely for the first trimester and drink very occasionally thereafter (no more than one serving at any time, obviously). I also plan to drink coffee in moderation during pregnancy. IMO, caution and moderation make more sense than a constant state of anxiety over the tiny amount of caffeine in a square of chocolate or freaking out over whether or not it’s okay to eat linguini with clams and white wine sauce.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve had doctors (not my personal OB) tell me a glass of wine occasionally is okay. I don’t think it’s crazy. There is research that has found that mothers who had a certain amount of alcohol had perfectly healthy babies. There is also research that shows detrimental effects. No one can ethically study the “safe” amount, so it’s up to each mother to decide what she’s comfortable with. Personally, I’ve had sips here & there, but don’t feel okay with a full glass at once. I know other women who had full glasses & their children are lovely, just as women who abstained. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am not a big drinker so therefore don’t really see the point of drinking during pregnancy.  There are plenty of non-toxic methods for lowering your blood pressure.  With a SIL with fetal alcohol syndrome I don’t understand people having to drink during pregnancy when there is definitely a connection between the two.

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