Post # 1
If you enjoyed drinking before TTC, once you were TTC did you continue with your normal habits until you found out you were pregnant (drink till it’s pink)? Reduced your intake overall? Only drank the week of your period? Completely abstained? I’m soooo confused by everything I’m reading regarding that. It seems very divided both in research and in what people choose to do. I’m trying to decide what to do as I’m faced with this decision for the first time today… It’s our first cycle trying and I’m CD 18, haven’t drank anything in about 2 weeks, and was invited out tonight to an event that would involve alcohol in which normally I’d love to partake in a couple spirits. What did y’all do and why?
Post # 2
I don’t know what the medical consensus is but I never drank any alcohol during the 2 week wait. I know that alcohol is most dangerous to an embryo that’s in it’s early stages so personally I wanted to take no risks.
Post # 3
When I got pregnant with my daughter I was team drink until it’s pink. Really the alcohol can’t affect the baby that early on, or so I’ve been told.
Post # 4
evelyn3thyme : I drank till it was pink. It took me years to get pregnant with my first so after a while I just stopped worrying about it.
in fact I hosted a Eurovision party half way through my TWW once. I drank beer, wine, spirits and was proper drunk… I was pregnant with my son and likely had implanted that weekend … oops. He is now 3 and fine. I think it says something that over 2.5 years of trying and being careful with what I did. I got pregnant the cycle I stopped giving a fig and enjoyed myself before starting IVF
you don’t share a blood supply with baby until about 8 weeks anyway. Plus, just think of all those drunken one nighters that lead to babies
Post # 5
Def team drink til it’s pink. I personally don’t believe in living my life like I’m pregnant until I actually am! Especially since you are brand new to TTC…I wouldn’t be restricting a damn thing personally.
Post # 6
I cut back overall (per the recommendation of our RE) but I didn’t cut it out completely until I got a positive pregnancy test. You don’t share a blood supply with the baby until about 6 weeks so it’s not going to hurt the embryo. For me it helped keep my stress levels low and feel somewhat normal in what ended up being a long TTC process.
Post # 7
evelyn3thyme : We were TTC for 9 months. I would abstain or only have one drink when I knew I was in my TWW. However… 9 months later, I decided that it probably wasn’t going to happen for me, so why limit myself so much? I think I had about 4 drinks in my TWW the month I got pregnant.
My vote is drink until it’s pink. Enjoy yourself tonight!
Post # 8
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Team drink till it’s pink here. I want to maintain as much normalcy as possible since TTC can be such a long, stressful, unpredictable process. Being able to have a glass of wine when I go to dinner or go to our local bar to watch a game and have some beers is something I really enjoy, and I don’t see a need to preemptively give it up.
Post # 9
I drank till it was pink…and even drank the day it was (very very faintly) pink! went on a food and wine tour that day and had like the equivalent of 2 drinks with food spaced out over the course of 6 hours. I’d tested to check that morning so I’d know whether or not I could go nuts. (And I figured I’d better savor that since it would be the last booze I’d have for awhile!) Baby is nearly 7 months now and just fine.
I’m not a big drinker anyway so it was never more than a glass or so of wine at a time maybe a couple of days a week. I think I’ve heard that if you’re going crazy and binge drinking during the TWW it might affect implantation or cause a miscarriage, but other than that, it’s unlikely to have any effects on the fetus itself since you’re not sharing a blood supply that early.
Post # 10
evelyn3thyme : the baby doesn’t share blood supply until the placenta forms. The TWW is absolutely an acceptable time to drink if you want to.
Post # 11
Drink til it’s pink!
Before you have a positive pregnancy test (during the 2ww), the embryo has not implanted yet and is not gaining anything from your body. Once it implants and begins to form the placenta and take nutrients from you, you’d have a positive test.
Plus, you have no idea how long it’ll take to get pregnant and I don’t see a reason to modify your whole live / live in abstinence until it happens. What if it takes you a year to get pregnant?
Took us 9 months and during that time, I drank, ate sushi & deli meat, and lived life as normal until I had a positive test.
Post # 12
evelyn3thyme : I got a flu right when we were TTC and I was ovulating so I obstained during that time part because we were TTC and part because I felt like garbage. But once I felt better I had a glass of wine about every other night from the day after I ovulated to 5 dpo. Then I stopped and got a BFP on 8/9dpo. I got pregnant on our first cycle trying so i dont thibk it hurt anything.
someone pointed out to me that you don’t share a blood supply with the baby for a few weeks so if I were you I would have 1-2 drinks that are on the more mellow side. Like a glass of wine etc. if you drink alcohol slowly enough your liver processes it before it builds up into your blood stream anyways. So don’t do shots, drink slowly and only have 2. That’s what I would do.
Post # 13
I rarely have more than 2 drinks in a single sitting, but I was still drink till it’s pink through the TWW. I also smoked a bunch of weed right around implantation while visiting a friend from college… oops. I found out I was pregnant pretty early (maybe dpo 10?) and abstained from everything since then so I’m not too concerned about any impacts on the baby.
Post # 14
It took me 16 months to conceive, so I definitely did not abstain during that time. I stopped drinking when I got a positive pregnancy test. The baby isn’t sharing your blood supply that early anyway.
Post # 15
Another vote for drink until its pink! As PPs said, the baby wouldn’t even share a blood supply during the TWW, and I don’t want to give up something I enjoy for no reason as we have no idea how long the TTC process will take.