Post # 1
I just found out I’m pregnant, about 4 weeks and 2 days according to my LMP. However now I am kicking myself because I had 4 drinks when I was 3 weeks, 6 days, and more than 5 drinks when i would have been 3 weeks 4days and 3 weeks 3 days. Is it possible that that amount of alcohol in the beginning of my pregnancy would put my baby at risk of FASD??
Post # 2
tobemrsbrown: In a word, no. I have heard no effect until 4-6 weeks and really that is little enough alcohol that there would be little effect to the baby. What is more likely is that it would effect you. My mom said I started rejecting alcohol at 3 1/2 weeks. It was her first clue that she had a unexpected guest at her graduation party. :-).
You are totally fine. Congratulations!
Post # 3
No. Do not worry, it is incredibly common for women to drink before they know. I was on my honeymoon and was drinking right up til my positive test.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
Don’t worry at all. I had a similar concern, and it is totally unfounded. Any doctor would say the same.
Post # 5
The baby actually lives off the yolk sack up until 6-8 weeks and its only when the placenta starts to form at that point….do you share your bloodstream with the baby (in that way). Your fine!!
Post # 6
tobemrsbrown: Take some deep breaths. No. Everything is fine. Many, many women drink before they realize they are pregnant, and this is NOT the kind of drinking that causes FASD. Not even close. It’s okay. Don’t give it another thought.
Post # 7
Thank you so much!! What a relief!!
Post # 8
tobemrsbrown: First Congrats –
Second, no, my cousin had no idea she was pregnant when she was celebrsting her bday. She got pregnant whike on vacay and she got really sick and she thought it was bc of all the weird food she ate. She was farther along than you and her baby is healthy, walking and gorgeous. Dont worry
Post # 9
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
tobemrsbrown: I’m just going to leave this here as an FYI about embryonic/foetal susceptibilly to teratogens at various stages of development because it is interesting. Don’t panic and speak to a doctor about your concerns. The Internet is not a good place for medical advice >.>
Post # 10
tobemrsbrown: Nope. I drank two bottles of wine within a 5 day time span when I was about 5 weeks pregnant. I’m due in 1.5 weeks and baby is awesomely healthy. Your baby isn’t a fetus yet and still developing. You’re ok. Just stop drinking from this point on. Have a healthy pregnancy!
Post # 11
tobemrsbrown: You don’t need to worry, the important thing is you stopped drinking when you found out you were pregnant.
I didn’t find out until afer 8 weeks and I was in Vegas when my baby was 5 weeks old. I drank a lot. The next 3 weeks I continued to drink, though only a glass of wine or two at a time. I told my Dr. after we found out I was that far along and she said told me not to worry at all. FAS occurs when women drink a lot (like 15+ drinks a week) throughout their pregnancy.
Post # 12
Most people don’t know for a month or two that they are pregnant, so this can happen and it’s OK!
Post # 13
kes18: While I agree that the OP is at little-to-no risk regarding exposing her child to FASD so early on in her pregnancy, I would just be cautious telling people that FASD only occurs when you’ve had “like” 15+ drinks/week during pregnancy.
Actually, from what I understand, there is no known safe limit during pregnancy, and peoples’ bodies metabolize alcohol differently depending on their weight, size, food intake, etc. , therefore it is recommended to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy in order to be safe rather than sorry. I’m not sure where you got the “like 15+ drinks” threshold, but I’m concerned that that is misinformation with potentially dangerous consequences.
OP, congratulations on your pregnancy! Wishing you a healthy and happy 9 months!
Post # 14
tobemrsbrown: Relax. Whether I want to admit this or not– I had no idea I was pregnant with DS until I was at least 6 weeks along. My birthday was in that timeframe, and I drank (heavily) a few times along those weeks. He’s right next to me at six years, happy as a clam.
There’s nothing you do about what you did before you knew– so stop sweating it. Do you know how many women don’t know they are pregnant and drink- or potentially even do “worse” things?
Your stress over what you can’t change is much worse for baby than the drinks you had!!
Post # 15
Happy2bMrs: I don’t disagree with what you’re saying- to a degree– I don’t think we know the safe limit of drinks. But in the US, we tend to go overboard with the alcohol thing during pregnancy. In other countries, a glass of wine here and there is perfectly safe.
When my mom was pregnant, the DR’s used to ok a glass here and there and up to four cigarettes a day!! Crazy!