Post # 1
I have a question. I have read varying opinions on whether or not it’s okay to drink during the two week wait. I have heard that the baby doesn’t attach itself to your bloodstream during this time, so therefore will not receive anything you ingest. Does anyone know if this is true? It seems I will be ovulating in the middle of a week long vacation – and I’m trying to decide whether a few drinks within a few days after possible conception could be harmful or not.
Post # 3
I don’t think you implant for even up to a week after conception and I don’t think anything in your bloodstream will affect fetus until after implantation.
I have talked with my doc about drinking while TTC. Her view is everything in moderation during the 2 week wait, so that is what I do. TTC can be stressful, so I try to live as normal as life a possible.
Post # 4
There’s been plenty of girls who drink and drink and find out later on that they are pregnant and their babies are just fine!
Personally for me, I err on the side of caution and for the past 6 months the only times I drink any alcohol and my regular caffeine intake is during my period and that week after.
I know it’s considered extreme for many but I’d rather play it safe than sorry. Which means no drinking for our small family vacation in two weeks!
I think do whatever you are comfortable with based on YOUR doc’s recommendation.
Post # 5
I realized I was pregnant with my oldest daughter when I went to have a beer and cig and got sick to my stomach. So,it’s not a huge deal that early on if you don’t know. She is 100% perfect. I wouldn’t stress too much about it.
Post # 6
My best friend didn’t find out she was pregnant until about 10 weeks in. During that time, I had stayed with her and we went out drinking several times. Later, her doc said she was fine and that it happens all the time, there’s not much harm done at the beginning when you don’t know for sure if you’re pregnant.
Post # 7
Everything that I’ve heard is that there is little to no risk to drinking during the TWW. Now I wouldn’t go an purposefully get wasted but I’d have no problem having a few drinks.
I believe the mentality of “drink ’til it’s pink”. Plenty of people get pregnant while not purposfully TTC so they don’t know they are pregnant or make any changes to their lifestyle until after they get that positive pregnancy test.
Post # 8
Because my test came up negative I went out to celebrate my best friend’s birthday on a trip to Atlantic City, drank champagne, went in the hot tub, ate feta, etc.
Apparently my cycle way way off because my test came up negative until I was 6+ days late!
I did ask my doctor because I was worried about everything and they told me not to worry about it at all.
Post # 9
I’m in camp “drink til its pink” … after 11 months of TTC, I couldn’t imagine not drinking for half of that… there is no risk according to my dr bc the baby doesn’t use your blood supply yet…
Post # 10
I didn’t know I was pregnant and had been drinking and smoking. When I found out I immediately panicked and my doctor told me not to worry, it has no effect on baby. Of course I quit smoking cold turkey and didn’t even have a glass of wine after that.
Post # 11
I would err on the side of caution too…
Post # 12
I was concerned about this when I found out I was pregnant. My doctor said there was nothing to worry about. Plenty of woman drink before they know and their children go on to have no complications.
Post # 13
I am also in the “drink ’til it’s pink” camp, but I wanted to throw something interesting out there – all of the studies done on fetal alcohol syndrome looked at women who were heavy, heavy drinkers throughout their entire pregnancies. No testing has been done on women following the “European” model – i.e., have a glass of red wine if you feel like it. I am not pregnant, but – full disclaimer – think I will likely have a glass of wine every once in a while. I know it’s not for everyone, and to each her own, but I think it is important to know why there are rules, and whether they have real basis in fact. Just look at all of our parents – you know our Mad Men era grandparents where living it up with a cigarette in one hand and a manhattan in the other – they’re not too screwed up. :o)
Post # 14
My OB also told me not to worry about it till I had a positive pregnancy test.
Post # 15
My midwife said there is minimal to no exposure during the TTW.
Post # 16
I just finished reading WTEWYE and up until we’re sharing a bloodstream and there is a placenta what I consume doesn’t pass through. I’m a drink until it’s pink girl too, although I’m not a super heavy drinker. I tried not drinking during the TWW, but it gets to me soooo much, I try to keep as much normalcy as possible when I’m going bananas imagining symptoms.