(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 # 122
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    Bumble bee

    @Littlebean912: My personal opinion is there is a hundred million different things in pregnancy that you cannot control.  Why not control and avoid the risks that you can? love this!

    Post # 123
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @kay01:   Brilliant post – well written and could not have said it better myself.   Agree 100%.

    Post # 124
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012
    Post # 125
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m curious if the “ZOMG NEVER, I’m perfect during pregnancy!” crowd ever drinks a a smoothie with vanilla extract in it, or eats food cooked with alcohol such as alcohol-marinated meat/fish or a wine sauce. (No, it doesn’t all cook off! If you cook it for 10-15 minutes, 50% of the alcohol remains; 1 hour, 25% of the alcohol remains.)

    If you have, that’s more than “a sip” of alcohol right there; so you better not eat any tequila lime shrimp, bourbon steak, chicken in wine sauce, ice cream, shakes/smoothies or coffee drinks, etc.

    Better yet, for 9 months just don’t eat at any restaurants, or even friends/family member’s houses unless you stand in the kitchen and supervise the cooking!

    Post # 126
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Better yet, for 9 months just don’t eat at any restaurants, or even friends/family member’s houses unless you stand in the kitchen and supervise the cooking!

    Haha, while I admit I laughed at this (and it’s true, you are exposing yourself to all sorts of risks when trusting someone else’s cooking) in all fairness, I have to say it’s a lot easier to just not drink than it is to monitor everyone else’s cooking habits for nine months (when considering minimizing one risk over the other).

    I do agree with you though on your previous post about NO woman being completely, 100% perfect while pregnant. If some woman wants to come on here and tell me she was perfect the whole time I’m not going to call her a liar (although privately I will probably not believe it) but I’ll admit I can’t prove she wasn’t. Not extending the same courtesy to some poster’s “friend” who was perfect the whole time though.

    Post # 127
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    This thread is getting ridiculous on both sides, keep it friendly and not judgemental.

    No need to start getting catty, just answer the question and move on.

     

     

    Post # 128
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Considering that no one knows how much alcohol can cause FAS or other issues, I choose to abstain from alcohol while I am pregnant. I’m not a big drinker anyways, so it’s not a big deal. Its not about being “perfect” it’s deciding what each risk is worth to you. I ate deli meat, which some people don’t, and I *gasp* forgot my prenatal vitamin on more than one occasion. Lol.

    Post # 129
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I love how threads like this always turn judgemental. And it always seems to be the ones who have never actually had to go through pregnancy with the strong opinions. Because we don’t have enough Mommy guilt as it is, please childless people without a clue pile it on us. We just love inexperienced people telling us how to live our lives. 

    Post # 130
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    It does get heated, especially any topic about parenting, kids, or pregnancy. 

    In general I am always on the side of to each their own when in comes to parenting choices. We need to support each other, and not judge.

    However, that being said, I’ll admit I do judge people who drink more than a glass a week while pregnant. With conflicting research, and no real answers, why do something that has caused major health issues in other babies? The fact is that they don’t know if your baby will be ok with one glass, or 5. So isn’t better safe than sorry the right attitude to have when it comes to your newborns health?

    Post # 131
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I didn’t know I was pregnant for 5 months so I don’t know how that plays into it but I did have a few drinks before I actually knew. After I found out that I was pregnant I had nothing to drink anymore.

    Post # 132
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Interesting at all the people attacking  @DeadlyNightshade: for saying “Just not worth it. I just personally could not imagine putting my wants and needs over my unborn child’s.”

    …and spinning it about everything outside of alcohol. This poll, and her initial response were both directed at alcohol. As @Littlebean912: mentioned, you will never be able to control every risk factor/activity surrounding your pregnancy…………but alcohol is one of the EASIEST things to control, as there are several substitutes, and it’s as easy as saying “No thank you.” That’s it.

    For those of you that had sips/a few glasses throughout your pregnancy, and were offended by her comments…why are you taking it so personally? Although studies aren’t clear on amount, there is at least some connection between alcohol and potentially harming the fetus. There are some moms that can happily say no to even a few sips and the reason is  because they don’t want to put their desire to have alcohol over the health of their child. And by you having a few sips, you put your desire to have alcohol higher. It’s just a fact. Are you a bad person? Nope! (unless those few sips are few glasses per day or something).

    THE SAME THEORY CAN BE APPLIED TO THOSE THAT HAVE A BITE OF SEAFOOD, A SIP OF COKE, EXERCISE TOO HEAVILY, ETC. There is absolutely no need to take it so personally in life.

     

    Post # 133
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @mixtapehearts:  Not to be another childless, non-pregnant person heaping on the guilt, but I had to make one comment after reading 4 pages of back and forth:

    None of you mention the correlation between how much you drank before and how much you drank during pregnancy. Having lived abroad for a while, I know that it is far more common to drink wine ( or beer, depending on the country) every night with dinner. Therefore, if you have regularly been having a single glass of wine or beer nightly, your body would be more accustomed to it. However, if you drink 1-2 times a month, or year, then your body isnt used to it. And, it goes without saying that binge drinking is bad for you. Id say, even when you arent pregnant, binge drinking is not good for your body. 

    Also, I feel like people have different opinions on how large a glass of wine is. To some people its 4-5 oz, to others, its 8-10 oz. 

    Post # 134
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Mrs.Camera:  I will answer that question. I partied alot before my pregnancy (this goes for alcohol and Marijuana) and would always have a couple glasses of wine with dinner.

    I am staying away from those things now and during the rest of my pregnancy.   Trust me, it is hard after a long day and all I want is a freekin ice cold beer. I have been feeling anxious and twitchy when I see others drinking.

    I would bring my husband a beer and I so badly want to sip, but I know I will not stop after that one sip. This is my own personal decision and it has taken alot of willpower for me.

    Post # 135
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Cady:  Truth. I could really go for a cold bottle of Blue Moon brew these days 🙁

    Post # 136
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @KatyElle:  You are a woman after my own heart. I love Blue Moon!

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