Alcohol and the 2 week wait

posted 2 weeks ago in TTC
Post # 2
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
853 posts
Busy bee

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
8620 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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
7008 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
3553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

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
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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
1864 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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
1127 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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
386 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

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
13843 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
2928 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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.

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