(Closed) Did anyone struggle with not being able to drink when pregnant?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
423 posts
Helper bee

I definitely understand what you are saying!!  I love a social drink just like many people, and when I first found out I was pregnant, it was pretty much impossible to keep it a secret if we went out with friends, because I would NEVER not order a beer or a glass of wine.  

I don’t know how far along you are but I was seriously going through withdrawal for a couple months, then for me, it just got better.  I didn’t crave it as much.  Don’t get me wrong, I still wanted a glass of wine pretty badly, but it just didn’t seem to be as big of a deal to me anymore.  

My daughter is now 4 months old and I still don’t drink like I used to.  It’s probably a lot because I’m still breastfeeding so it’s still a bit of a no-no.  Don’t worry, if you are the same as me, the cravings will dwindle a little bit and you’ll get through it!  When I stop breastfeeding, I can’t wait to have a drink without having to worry about it!!

Post # 4
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I actually never drink so it wasn’t a huge deal for me, but for some reason during my first trimester I craved alcohol. Of course I didn’t drink it, but I would always just drool over the yummy drinks that everyone else ordered!

Post # 5
3586 posts
Sugar bee

I’m glad someone else feels the same! Man, when I go out with friends, it’s hard. I usually have something to drink with them. Don’t get me started on Cinco de Mayo! Talk about margarita withdrawl.LOL

I still want it sometimes, but it may be going away. I’m 24wks and plan to breastfeed, so I better get used to it.LOL My SO is happy about it though. He’s a nondrinker period.

I can’t wait until I can have a good Reisling with dinner. Yummmm.

Post # 6
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I was told by an old Austrian woman that a glass of wine every two weeks was actually RECOMMENDED by a lot of european doctors during pregnancy. I can’t stand the taste of alcohol anymore, so it didn’t really matter to me, but for others who are going through like what you’re going through I guess it could be a good thing?

Post # 7
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2000

@MsMamaBear: omg Cinco! I plan a big Cinco de Mayo get together every year and had already planned mine when less than a month before I found I was pregnant – and sooo not ready to tell anyone yet. :/ Fortunately it kinda fell apart on it’s own this year and the friends that were still going to go, they were my close friends and I ended up telling them. 

But I would looooove a margarita! ughh… and beer at ballgames… 

oh well, next year! 🙂 

Post # 8
3586 posts
Sugar bee

@lilsneakers: Oh goodness! Sorry about your party! I don’t even drink beer normally, but I’d love a beer at a cookout this summer or something.

Post # 9
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That’s funny. I didn’t really crave alcohol until very recently. I’m around 26 weeks. I think because I was so freakin’ sick for so long (at least it felt like it) that I didn’t want it at the time. But now? I so want a good mojito, bloody mary, glass of wine, etc.

I’m also dying to have a Jimmy John’s #4 with alfalfa sprouts and a nice Greek salad with feta cheese. 🙂

Post # 10
5092 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not pregnant, nor am I a heavy drinker – but I’m sure I would find it frustrating not to be able to have a glass of wine now and again! I know friends who drank *VERY* moderately every once in awhile during pregnancy – like, half a glass of wine every month or so.  Their babies were perfectly fine. 

I tend to think that the U.S. is a little more strict than necessary about drinking during pregnancy. That said, I know I would follow whatever my doc told me, even if it was to not have even a drop of alcohol for 9 months.

Post # 12
2870 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@franks.katie: Im not pregnant yet (boo) but when I am pregnant I am certain I will find this hard. that is unless my body suddenly hates it.

My husband and I really really enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or at the end of the day. It’s my way to unwind and I just really like the taste.

Our friends are professional drinkers too so it is going to be hard to hide it from them when the time comes.



Post # 13
4038 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My SIL’s doctor told her the occasional glass of wine was okay, and she was super excited and poured a glass, and then said she couldn’t drink it because it smelled like Windex. 

Post # 14
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I was actually lucky in that the smell of it made me sick. I was bartending at the time and pouring out glasses of wine made me absolutely gag. I consider this a good thing, since I couldn’t partake anyway!

Post # 15
1356 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not pregnant – but we’re trying to think about when to start, and this is totally coming into play. I’m hesitant to start around any major holiday because if we are lucky to get pregnant right away, I don’t want to be stuck explaining away why I’m not drinking if we aren’t ready to share the news yet!

I also have heard that a glass of wine once in awhile is okay. If say, our anniversary or New Year’s fell during a pregnancy, I may indulge in a few sips – again, assuming I might still be turned on to it!

Never can tell 🙂

Post # 16
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Initially I thought it would be a big problem for me, I’m a teacher and a glass of wine after work while cooking dinner is how I unwind.  Since getting the positive test, I just haven’t really been interested in anything to drink. 

The past few days I have felt so sick throughout the day that I am 100% not interested.  Lately getting home from work all I want is to take a nap anyway.  I’ve never been so grateful to feel so sick and tired ever before!

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