(Closed) how much did you drink alcohol during your pregnancy?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: how much did you drink while pregnant (or what would your limits be)?

    Absolutely none

    A few sips throughout the whole pregnancy

    a few glasses (one glass at a time max) throughout the whole pregnancy

    one glass a week (on average)

    a few occasions where i had 2 or more glasses at a time

    Daily or almost daily

  • Post # 32
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @simpleandchic:  Is your doctor aware of how much you are drinking?  Are you honest when they ask?  

     

     

    Post # 33
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    1 glass of wine 3 times per week is totally acceptable and reasonable

    Post # 34
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

     Furthermore I have never had more than one glass on any given day. I also think you asserting that I have lied to my doctor is pretty un called for….I have a midwife and it has not been discussed because I do not believe 1 glass a few times a weeks is putting my LO at any risk.

    Post # 35
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    Bee Keeper

    These results are very interesting. I voted a few sips because I’m 99% sure that when I’m pregnant, my family will have me taste some amazing new wine they found. I would rather not drink at all, and am not a big drinker anyway, so wouldn’t be surprised if I spend the whole pregnancy alcohol free.

    Post # 37
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Most French and Italian women drink (in moderation) whilst pregnant. it is not looked down upon there, I only ever have one glass, and it is always with a meal. I went out to a 9 course degestation the other day and had one glass with my meal then too, (everyone else had 9) I think it is becoming more acceptable to have 1 glass with a meal in Australia too, i think the histeria over it all is dying down. I would never have a drink at a pub though, I only have one with a meal because it compliments the food and I love the taste.

    Post # 38
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2020 - establishment theatre

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    @simpleandchic:  every dr. and midwife I have ever talked to has told me 1 glass on OCCASION as in once a week tops can be considered ok but not recommended. to have that many could cause serious damage to your child. things that wont show up on a test and to withhold any information from your dr. or midwife could end up meaning disaster for you or your child. i advise at least talking to her about and let her know. and as someone in the healthcare feild( a homeopathic healthcare field) I would advise cutting back on the drinking. not passing judgement but concern.

    Post # 39
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’ve had zero alcohol while TTC (we got pregnant after our first cycle of really trying), and throughout my pregnancy.  

    Post # 40
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

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    @simpleandchic:  I want to say there is no judgement behind this question at all- I see that you are in Australia and I know the European countries have a much different view then the US, would you say in Australia it is also more acceptable/usual for a pregnant woman to drink? I find it interesting how things are so different from country to country, women have been having babies for how many years-you would think they would have everything figured out by now:)

    Post # 41
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    Buzzing bee

    I’ve never been pregnant, but a very good friend of mine was pregnant and is raising her son in Paris.  She went to doctors there, and her doctor told her to try to limit her wine consumption to one glass A DAY.  She thought he misspoke, but nope, that’s what he said.  France is much different from the U.S. in terms of prenatal care.

    Post # 42
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Zero, but as I’m not a big drinker I didn’t really miss it. Caffeine was harder for me to go cold turkey on (at the time I was a bit too fond of red bulls before I realized how bad they are for you). But I managed (if a bit crankily) 😉

    Post # 43
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I’ve had just a sip here and there…I don’t feel comfortable doing any more than that.  And honestly, I just don’t think it’s worth the possible risks.  I can survive without it, so no need to enjoy a full glass for me.

    Post # 44
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @bunnylovesbear:  Every woman can live without it.  It’s 9 months out of your life while you grow another human being.  Someone said she felt a bit “drunky” after a glass of wine.  That is the effects of one glass of alcohol on a fully grown woman.  The fetus inside of your body is much, much smaller.  The fetal blood alcohol level remains high longer because the fetus cannot break down alcohol the way adults can.  Researchers do not know the amount of alcohol consumption that damages the fetus. There is no known threshold amount.  As few as one standard drink per week has been shown to be adversely related to child behavior at age 6 and 7.  The only statement that can be made with complete accuracy is that zero exposure equals zero risk.

    Here’s how I see it.  After the baby is born, would you consider giving your newborn a glass a wine once a week?

    Post # 45
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Zero for me. My OB practice has been very clear that they believe there is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy (and they are generally pretty liberal about what they say is okay vs. not).

    Also, I recently took a Human Development course and was required to watch several very long podcasts about alcohol use during pregnancy. What I took away from those podcasts was that alcohol affects people/babies very differentlly and the medical community doesn’t fully understand why a small-moderate amount of alcohol isn’t a problem for some women/babies, but IS a problem for other women/babies, even when the same amount is consumed at the same point in development. (In small amounts, the affected babies generally weren’t developing full blown FAS, but were displaying symptoms of FASD – fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, which are less severe). Several of the articles and podcasts we reviewed in that class indicated that moms who drank ~1 glass per day (or 7/wk) were at a MUCH higher risk of teratogenic and fetotoxic effects… So I’m pretty shocked that some doctors would say that much is okay!

    It’s definitely a personal decision, like everything else a woman does while pregnant, but for me, it’s not worth the risk to have any alcohol.

    Post # 46
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Not pregnant yet, but I know my husband is totally against and I am as well.. though I could probably have been more easy on myself.  Since he’s against it, I will probably have none, maybe he will relax a little toward the last month or two since the major developement is done by then.  I still probably wouldnt have more than just a sip for a taste.

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