(Closed) Drinking during the TWW?

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Is it really worth risking it? I wouldn’t. One drink probably wouldn’t be bad, but I think it’s irresponsible to possibly put your future baby at risk just because of peer pressure.

Post # 4
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Maybe you can bring sparkling cider to the girls night out and just say that you are feeling sick and don’t want to drink?

Post # 5
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ll probably be fine with having an occasional glass here and there later into the pregnancy but probably wouldn’t during the TWW.  As far as fending off inquiring minds, I plan on saying I’m on antibiotics that shouldn’t be mixed with alcohol.  But that’s just me.

Post # 6
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

lots of people who are ttc or plan to ttc stop drinking ahead of time. do people know that you plan on ttc in the somewhat near future? could you just say you are doing it in preparation to ttc? or that you cut alcohol to stay slim before the wedding?

if you do have a drink or two, i doubt it would be a big deal. most drs say that while there is no ‘safe amount’, that a dink here and there is nothing to worry about. but, that being said, there is no agreed upon safe amount, and early on things are developing so quickly, that it seems like a less than ideal time to do it.

Post # 7
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I rarely drink, mostly because I just don’t like it.  I always tell people I’d rather eat my calories if I ever get a hard time.  Especially if you’re 4 months out from your wedding, I think just saying that there’s soooo much tempting food at the Superbowl party and that you don’t want to completely fall off the bandwagon is perfectly legitimate.

Post # 9
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I didn’t stop drinking in moderation while TTC or during the TWW.  It took us long enough to get pregnant that I wasn’t going to add to the stress of not drinking in social situations or trying to fend off inquiring minds.  

Think about it.  A lot of people find out they are pregnant after a big night out or even months later after drinking the whole time.  A couple of drinks here and there shouldn’t do damage.

Post # 10
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Just to add a little science into the mix: 

During conception and for about 2 weeks thereafter, most cells of the conceptus are not yet committed to a specific developmental program. One damaged cell can be replaced by another, and normal development will usually ensue.  However the embryo will not survive if too many cells are damaged or killed. This is known as the “all-or-nothing” period.

Also – because the embryonic blood supply is not connected to your blood supply before implantation, the embryo is not exposed to the things you ingest up to that point in time.

Armed with the above info, I tend to fall into the “drink til it’s pink” side of things (ie drink until you get a positive pregnancy test).   I am not a huge drinker (well past my partying stage in life – haha) I do however, like to have a glass of wine with dinner on the weekends.  But as soon as I start getting close to the 10+ days past ovulation, I make sure to test before having a drink. 

However, we’ve only been “not trying to prevent” for about 3 months AND I am charting, so I know when I ovulate, and how far along I am in the 2WW.  So I am comfortable with this choice.   For others, (maybe those who have been TTC for a long time, or for those that have had multiple miscarriages etc), you might find a different viewpoint and comfort level. 

Post # 11
2820 posts
Sugar bee

It’s not a time when I would get smashed but I’m in the it’s fine to occassionally drink a glass or two till it’s pink camp – well even after that I think I’m comfortable with what the reseach says and having an occassional half glass.  If you’re trying you’re testing and the kid isn’t connected to your blood supply for the first 10 days or so.

Post # 12
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i am in the not for drinking during TWW, although i ahvent even had my first TWW yet, still waiting to O!

Post # 13
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I wouldn’t risk it.

Post # 14
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I get scared getting involved in this issue because most people are extremely critical of anyone who drinks at any time during pregnancy (in the U.S. and on chat boards).  I’ve read about it a ton and have not quite made up my mind.  Everything on the internet about alcohol says that you can never know when or how much will cause fetal alcohol syndrome.  One, I think they have to say this to be safe; all medical advice on the internet is extra conservative. 

So I tend to fall into the moderation group, but as I’ve gone on in the months of TTC I have had less and less because I don’t want any extra reasons why it wouldn’t take.  Tons of people do not know they are pregnant until a missed period because they are not actively trying.  And like the above post said, you don’t share a blood supply until 6 weeks.

I don’t think it’s extremely irresponsible to drink in (small) moderation, but I also think it’s a risk.  If I were you I would probably have a partial glass of wine with my friends.

Post # 15
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

While everything that echo said is true, I tend to fall on the side of “don’t do it, even in moderation”.

Post # 16
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

For what it’s worth, I’ve actually been told that a glass of wine won’t be harmful while pregnant.  By that, I mean once a week (or was it once a day? can’t remember… I think it was once a week). 

Personally?  I wouldn’t do it.  Best to err on the side of caution.

Of course, I CAN’T drink: I’m allergic!  Face turns red, then it goes down my neck to my arms and chest…. It also itches!  I figure it’s my body’s way of saying “no drinking till after the next kid”…. at least, that’s the excuse I’m using 😉

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