(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 : (168 votes)
    58 %
    A few sips throughout the whole pregnancy : (55 votes)
    19 %
    a few glasses (one glass at a time max) throughout the whole pregnancy : (45 votes)
    15 %
    one glass a week (on average) : (12 votes)
    4 %
    a few occasions where i had 2 or more glasses at a time : (5 votes)
    2 %
    Daily or almost daily : (7 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 47
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    630 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would have a glass of wine with dinner maybe once every month or so, or a few sips of my FI’s beer here and there, but for the most part I avoided alcohol. When I did drink it, I always had water or some tea or something else after. I’m not against small amounts of alcohol while preggo. In my opinion, McD’s burgers are probably worse for a pregnant woman than a glass of merlot.

    Post # 48
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    1470 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I haven’t had any alcohol during the pregnancy, but I have to say, the smell of it is AMAZING. I often have a glass for myself and literally just smell it, and then hand it over at some point to have someone else drink it. And once I kissed Darling Husband and told him he smelled really good and he sheepishly (because he was trying not to make me feel sad about it) said “I just had a beer…” I did pick up my husband’s wine glass (to smell) at dinner the other night, and my grandmother just yelled “you can’t do that!!” We all explained I was just smelling it, but it was pretty cute to see her reaction.

    Post # 49
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    9816 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    So far none, but I’m having Darling Husband pick me up a bottle of wine probably tomorrow. I’m 4 days out from my due and ready for a glass o’ red!

    I also love the smell of beer when Darling Husband has a Guinness with supper.

    I’d also like to say, I got my midwife’s ok on the glass of wine given how late I am in my pregnancy, but regular drinking was a definite “no way” from her, and she’s not a militant pregnancy adviser.

    Post # 51
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    533 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    So far I have had no alcohol, and I am at 40 weeks so I don’t think that will change.  I have had cravings for beer/wine/everything, but I know I would be so paranoid if I had a drink, that it isn’t worth it to me.  And of course with breastfeeding, I can add another 6 months on to my “no-drinking” timeline!

    Also, as someone living in Europe, my doctor and midwives are completely against drinking while pregnant. I was told (by my doctor) that I could have 1-2 glasses of alcohol over the entire pregnancy.  He wasn’t even comfortable telling me that because as he stated “there is no way to determine how much is too much, even one glass may be too much”.

    Post # 52
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    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think I would probably have a half glass or so with a big dinner occassionally in the third tri…once all of the major development has taken place…most of the rest of the world thinks it’s fine to have a bit during pregnancy…the US and Canada are the only countries that are very neurotic about it…

    Post # 53
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    482 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Drinking while pregnant is a very personal choice- and I personally believe you should abstain until you have done your own research and understand exactly what happens physiologically to alcohol when it is broken down in your body, and how if affects your baby in the womb- and post natally.

     

    I would like to share this article with you ladies

    UK source- 7th June 2012

     

    “Department of Health last year revised its advice to tell women trying to conceive or who are pregnant that they should avoid alcohol.

    “But The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said there is no evidence of harm if women drink one or two units a week.

     

    Full Article (worth a read)  Broadsheet newspaper, not a tabloid–

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3285792/Pregnant-women-can-drink-a-small-glass-of-wine-a-week.html

     

     

     

    Post # 54
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    2457 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    @dynamic_duo:  i couldn’t think of any thing more unappealing than wine (or any alcohol for that matter) during my first trimester or the start of my second, to me that was my way of my body saying steer clear. Once wine became appealing again i decided based on articles I read and advice from other women that if I wanted to have one small glass of wine with dinner a few times a week that that was ok. 

    Post # 55
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    482 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Oh! Just to add,

    Personally I have probably had 5/6 x 125mls glasses of red wine over the pregnancy and a glass of champagne at christmas and with my parents when they visited (am week 37 now)

    but, on occasion-I have purposefully gone out of the house- bought MYSELF an entire bottle of wine- got a large wine glass, Filled my glass right up- sat down, put my feet up and took a few sips off the top, cradled it for about 20 minutes, before handing the remainder to my husband…

     

    Psychologically it feels amazing!!

     

     

     

    Post # 56
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    1829 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    As few as one standard drink per week has been shown to be adversely related to child behavior at age 6 and 7.

    MrsBlueSeptember:   Actually, there was just a recent study showing that children of mothers who consumed an average of one unit of alcohol per week had far fewer behaviour problems in school and performed as well if not better than their peers from mothers who abstained from all alcohol.  

    Moral of the story?  There is a study to prove/disprove just about everything.

    I’m 38 weeks now and have had the occasional glass of wine throughout my pregnancy, but did abstain throughout the first trimester.  I’ve had probably 7 – 8 glasses total and feel completely comfortable with my decision.  I work with children with disabilities, including FAS, and have done an awful lot of research into the subject, both professionally and informally – I am confident that the occasional glass of wine will not have any adverse effects on my baby and therefore do not feel it necessary to completely abstain from all alcohol.  This decision has been supported by my GP (and a new GP) and several other doctors I know, although they are not managing my medical care.   

    As to someone’s statement about the effects of one glass of alcohol on a fetus – well, that would be a concern if the alcohol was streamlined straight to baby, but as it is metabolised by our bodies before crossing over the placenta, it’s not a concern unless it is drunk in larger quantities – i.e. quicker than our body can metabolise the alcohol.  

    Anyway, to each their own!  I don’t judge those who abstain from alcohol during pregnancy and I hope no one would judge me for my decision.  

    Post # 57
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    482 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @Ree723:  Ha! I think we have been reading the same journal articles!

    Agree with everything you said!

    Post # 58
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    1038 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @simpleandchic:  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.

     

     

    Only reason I asked is cause I find it very hard to believe that a doctor would tell their patient that it is cool to drink 3 times a week while pregnant.  I’ve heard an occasional glass here and there is ok, but 3 times a week is def more than occasional. And despite what you believe, that is def something you need to discuss with your doctor. 

     

    I understand different countries have different views on it though.  But in the U.S. no OB/GYN would think that is a safe amount.  

    Post # 59
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    6040 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

    I had a glass of champagne on new years eve at midnight (well not a glass more like a few sips), and I would say maybe three glasses of wine throughout my whole pregnancy. My doctor new about it all and did not seem alarmed. And I asked before I did it. Her response was something along the lines of “one small glass probably won’t be too bad for you but if you can skip it I would recommend that option instead, of course. But whatever you do please make sure to be honest with me about it.”  So I was. Oh and each glass was really spaced out from the last so I only had one per sitting every few months. God did I enjoy every last drop of those glasses of wine…. lol Fiance was very much on me about it and would make sure I only stuck to the one small glass

    Post # 60
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    1309 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I had one sip once and it really didn’t feel right so I left it at that. I’m not much of a drinker anyway. I’m fine drinking my Coke with dinner.

    Post # 61
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I found out I was pregnant in early Feb 2011. I had taken a test two weeks prior to that and it was negative, so during that two weeks I drank beer on three different occasions (my best friend’s two birthday parties, and also while on vacation). Also on vacation, I sat in a hot tub and rode on a rollercoaster with a large sign that said do not ride while pregnant. We found out at the first u/s I had conceived in early Jan so I was pregnant all three times I drank (I was a pretty big beer drinker at the time but by some grace of god all three times I kept the intake pretty minimal). When I found out I was like oh shit. I didn’t drink for the rest of the pregnancy. So far my baby seems okay. 

    @Ree723

    Moral of the story?  There is a study to prove/disprove just about everything.

    I know! So frustrating. I think most studies/statistics are so flawed because there are just too many variables you can’t control, and correlation tends to get mistaken for causation.

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