alcohol and ttc

posted 1 week ago in TTC
Post # 2
3445 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I have not changed my drinking habits while TTC and my doctor didn’t have any concern about that. 

Post # 3
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Nope! My OB told me not to change anything until I get a positive test result.

Post # 4
7897 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

diana148 :  when I was TTC naturally I didn’t cut out alcohol (I also didn’t binge either). For my IVF cycle I cut out all alcohol once I started my stims for egg retrieval. For my recent frozen embryo transfer I stopped drinking after my transfer even though I didn’t know if it worked yet. I got mixed advice from the clinic and just decided to err on the side of caution. 

Post # 5
3673 posts
Sugar bee

Drink till its pink. My RE suggested no alcohol, and shortly after my nurse suggested a nice glass of wine after my transfer. I think its a suggestion based on overall health, and not because drinking actually impacts fertility. 

Post # 6
1036 posts
Bumble bee

Drink till its pink. It took us 3 years to conceive. Some of the time I cut out alcohol and caffeine and it helped nothing.

Post # 7
155 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve chosen to abstain from drinking while TTC, both during the follicular phase (to potentially reduce a source of oxidative stress) and during the TWW (to potentially aid fertilization/ implantation and reduce possible detriment to the embryo’s development). There is such limited and conflicting research at this point; all of the human studies are correlational, and most are with women seeking reproductive treatment, so might not even apply to women without similar complications. Only recently have studies started to be published which actually test the effects of peri-ovulation alcohol exposure on embryo development — but these are (of course) in rats! 

So, I abstain out of an abundance of caution, but with such mixed evidence in the literature, it’s such a personal choice.  Whatever you decide to do, best of luck on your TTC journey!

Post # 8
422 posts
Helper bee

For me, I was always too confused about what amount of alcohol is safe that I generally just didn’t drink during the two week wait. I would always hear stuff like, “you shouldn’t have five shots of vodka, but a glass of wine is ok.” Well, what about something in the middle? I don’t drink one glass of wine, I like to have two or three, or what if I want a martini? So maybe I was overthinking it, but that’s how I felt. Plus it was always nice to have a stiff drink as a consolation after a negative pregnancy test

Post # 9
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

I still drank. I had actually had a few glasses of wine the night I found out I was pregnant because it was my birthday.  The baby doesn’t share your blood supply for a few weeks anyways, so as long as you are testing so you find out ASAP I don’t see the harm in it.

Post # 10
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

I don’t drink but I never understood the whole refraining from alcohol when trying. Do you know how many people get pregnant because of alcohol?! I say have fun while you can!

Post # 11
1097 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m probably going to start TTC around New Year’s and will not be abstaining completely, but do plan to cut back a bit. Mainly I will stop drinking so much on weekends that I have a hangover, because my body doesn’t like it!

You should read Expecting Better by Emily Oster. She reviews the studies out there to see what the data actually say, vs. how they’re often interpreted in the media and by doctors, and then leaves it to the reader to decide how they want to apply that information to their own choices – on things like drinking alcohol, caffiene, eating sushi, sleeping on your side, etc. She also talks about conception and childbirth. I’m going to read her next book, Cribsheet, which is about early parenthood, soon.

Post # 14
146 posts
Blushing bee

Science says drink til its pink! Now I dont drink daily or excessively but if I want a couple glasses of wine or hubby and I have a date night with a drink I will drink until I have a positive pregnancy test

Post # 15
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

There is actually conflicting scientific data about drinking very early in pregnancy (ie before you test positive) but there are definitely studies that have shown effects on fetal brain development before “testing pink”. Here is one article I found with a quick google search

Epigenetics is a really interesting field of biology and one that we are still studying and trying to figure out (source: am biomedical science teacher) 

Definitely do your own research and do what is best for you! 

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