(Closed) How strict are you with alcohol?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The alcohol will be burned out of it during the cooking process.  No worries!

Post # 4
7437 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would think the alcohol would be cooked off, but I’m not positive. I didn’t have any alcohol during my pregnancy, but I’m also not really an alcohol drinker in general.

Post # 5
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Hmm, an interesting question. I think a better question is: if your kid winds up diagnosed with ADHD in 2nd grade, are you going to blame the wine-brined Thanksgiving turkey/yourself or just accept that it was fate?

Post # 6
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Not all the alcohol will be burned off, but if you’re out of your first trimester I totally wouldn’t worry. 

Post # 7
1469 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hspw714:  I wasn’t that strict where I’d worry about food cooked with a little alcohol. I’d say 5-6 times during my third trimester I had half a glass of wine with dinner. Most of the women in my life have done similar, including my mom.

Post # 8
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

@drlolaz:  agreed, I think it really depends on your personality, etc. For example, I’ve heard all different things about gel manicures so knowing I would blame myself/that if anything should so wrong, I just haven’t done them during my pregnancy. Just in case ya know?

I haven’t had any alcohol during pregnancy unless it was cooked with (I figured the same theory of it being cooked off/out so how much could really still be in there?)

Post # 9
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I heard you could drink one glass of wine a night in the 2nd and 3rd trimester and y’all are worried about tiramisu?!!

Post # 10
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am not pregnant yet but we just started trying a couple weeks ago. I will probably not be drinking anything, but will not be worried about food-based alcohol. (Like tirimisu)

Post # 11
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I dont worry about wine used in cooking….but then i have the occasional small glass of wine and i dont think thats a problem either

Post # 12
3697 posts
Sugar bee

The tiny amount of alcohol that you ingest in food cooked with it is going to be metabolized long before it could ever harm the baby. Likewise, even if you had a little bit of an alcoholic beverage, as long as you drank it slowly (and preferably with food), your system will be able to break it down before it reaches the baby in amounts great enough to cause harm.

Science doesn’t actually know exactly what that amount is, which is why the US (at least) has the blanket prohibition on alcohol. The real danger to a fetus, though, mainly comes from large amounts of alcohol that come through too quickly for Mom to metabolize it so that it reaches the immature fetal liver. So, binge drinking at any point in pregnancy is a terrible idea, and extra caution is probably wise in the first trimester while everything is extra-sensitive. Later in pregnancy, though, a small amount of alcohol consumed slowly alongside food (as an ingredient or even as a beverage) is not something to freak out about.

Post # 13
1138 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t worry too much about it in food, unless I can taste the flavor. But I don’t drink at all, even before I got pregnant (in recovery), so it’s not so much to do with pregnancy as a lifestyle choice. 

Post # 14
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Personally, I think that in the instances you’re talking about, there shouldn’t be any concern to baby.

I am personally super-strict when it comes to avoiding potentially dangerous things during pregnancy, but this particular worry isn’t something that I’d avoid. Most of the alcohol would cook off, and unless you’re eating vast amounts of these foods, I don’t think there could possibly be enough alcohol consumed to worry!

Post # 15
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

It’s only in North America that drinking is considered SO BAD during pregnancy.

I really wouldn’t worry about it.

I am pretty sure that it’s binge drinking that leads to stuff like fetal alcohol syndrome. Not a teeny bit of alcohol.


Post # 16
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ll have a glass of wine on special occasions as long as its with food.  I cook with wine all the time in small amounts so its not even something I think about.  I’ve done a fair amount of reading on the subject and I’m ok with my decision, as is Darling Husband who is a physician.

We were eating at one of the top restaurants in the world last week and I couldn’t help myself, had to try some of the raw fish.  I chose the juice pairing rather than the wine pairing but did celebrate with a small glass of prosecco.  I’m cutting back and being thoughtful of what I ingest, however this is a once in a lifetime experience.

What would stop me more is other people judging/chastising me than me believing a few sips of wine is dangerous.  I understand there is risk involved, however there are also flawed studies.  In other cultures and times women have had alcohol.  In fact for a very long time in many places alcohol was the only safe drink that would not make you ill.  We have survived as a species. I think there is too much pressure and anxiety on the subject.  

My WTE update said don’t eat these things for thanksgiving: cocktails, eggnog, apple cider,  turkey, brisket, stuffing, soft cheese and leftovers.  How about prepare your food properly and know where its coming from.  Don’t go overboard and don’t binge drink.  Enough of this martyring yourself BS.  There’s a whole culture of restricting yourself in North America that causes so much anxiety.  THAT can’t be good for your baby.

I understand that not all people will agree with me but I don’t think this anxious-preggo-lady stereotype is a good thing.  Do whatever you are comfortable with and you can live with.

@hspw714:  in regards to your host’s turkey, it sounds to-die-for delicious.  Unless you’re going to lose sleep over it, I’d go for it.

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