Post # 1
I am in the dreaded two week wait and I was going to open up a bottle of wine last night and I totally panicked.
I ended up not having any but was wondering what I should do tomorrow during a super bowl party and a girls night out next week where wine drinking is pretty much mandatory.
How safe/unsafe is it to drink during the TWW?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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 # 8
I’m not talking full blown drinking. I was thinking a glass AT MOST. I would most likely keep that glass in hand and take sips from it all night to give the appearance.
I am overly paranoid about this sorta stuff and thats why I didn’t drink at all last night. I would love to say that I’m feeling sick tomorrow and next weeks girls night out but with this group of friends they will instantly know something is up! It’s not about peer pressure but more about them noticing that something is WAY OFF with my typical behavior and the subsequent questions. My friends know the only reason why I wouldn’t drink in a social situation is that I am knocked up. My friends and I aren’t drunks its just wine tends to be part of our get togethers.
ETA: My Fiance and I haven’t told anyone that we are actively TTC because we don’t want the added pressure of “are you pregnant yet” questions.
Post # 9
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
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
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
i am in the not for drinking during TWW, although i ahvent even had my first TWW yet, still waiting to O!
Post # 14
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
While everything that echo said is true, I tend to fall on the side of “don’t do it, even in moderation”.
Post # 16
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 😉