(Closed) Is it ok to have wine while pregnant ?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 62
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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@classyashley:  +1.  If there is no medical reason to avoid something because the risk is very slight, then going out of your way to avoid it is more superstition than anything else. 


Post # 63
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

All told, I had maybe 3 half-glasses of wine and a few sips of a margarita at a birthday party during my pregnancy. I don’t think I’ll drink at all next time, though, because for me the damper of guilt overshadowed the treat of getting to have a little drink.

My doctor told me that in the case of alcohol, as with most things in pregnancy, the key is everything in moderation, nothing in excess. As researchers haven’t pinpointed exactly what healthy moderation of alcohol consumption looks like for pregnant women, I tended to err on the side of caution and really limit my intake. Some people go cold-turkey. However, most research indicates that a small glass on the odd occasion is going to hurt. 

Post # 64
2153 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I feel like, Ofcourse one drink isn’t going to hurt baby. However, I haven’t had a drink since I found out I was pregnant. I wouldn’t object to a sip for a toast or something like that, but I know if I had a glass if wine right now is be feeling a little buzz. I do not want my babies to even be momentarily effected by a drink. buzzed baby! even if it doesn’t hurt them In the long run.  I would just feel bad. 

Post # 65
4997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@myluverbuny:  “I mean cigarettes are more harmefull to a fetus than alchohol.”

No not true! Cigarette smoke is associated with low birth weight. Alcohol is associated with fetal alcohol syndrome, which is serious bad news. One glass of wine is not going to cause FAS, but alcohol is way worse for a fetus than cigarettes, or even cocaine!

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@Twiglets:  Yes that is exactly right. There is no threshold because it’s different for everyone. To some people, “moderation” may mean 5 drinks/week throughout their pregnancy and to someone else it’s a sip of wine at a party. They can’t just say “moderation,” so they say don’t have any knowing that a few drinks in 9 months isn’t going to matter.

Post # 67
9541 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I plan to have the occasional alcoholic drink if I get pregnant. I have yet to see a good study that shows that light drinking has any increased risk of FAS or really any measurable outcome later in life. If somebody has some good primary literature, I’m always happy to read it. So yeah, I say have a glass of wine.

Post # 68
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My midwife told me it was perfectly safe to have an occasional glass of wine while pregnant.  

Post # 69
4575 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I heard it was okay to have a glass here and there, but I also think its a personal choice, so if you feel comfortable with a glass for a special night out, then go for it! 🙂

Post # 70
810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@RunnerBride13:  This!

I love my wine…but I am not very good at not turning one glass into three. :/ So, when I am PG, I am going to just avoid it all together. Which makes me a little sad, but the pay-off is pretty awesome. 🙂

Post # 71
313 posts
Helper bee

While I don’t think a small amount will make a huge difference, it’s worth considering that what you put into your body (food and drink alike) are going directly to the baby, too. And the baby doesn’t have the size advantage that you do in “filtering” the effects of alcohol. I’m not pregnant and have never been pregnant, but I don’t think I’d be able to drink more than a few sips, in good conscience.

Post # 72
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

There is NEVER a safe amount of alcohol. Is your child’s health worth a glass of wine?

Post # 73
1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you have never seen a baby with FAS you may want to google that now. I have, it isn’t a good thing. For me, there just was not enough hard and fast research on WHEN the times that it would and would not affect the baby – I abstained through pregnancy and breastfeeding both times. I love a glass of wine now and then but I was fine not doing it.

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