Post # 31
100% fine. Non-alcoholic beer is a very popular beverages in places like Germany, etc.. recommended by marathon runners as superior to water for certain purposes. Drinking it while pregnant is not a problem, nor is it an indicator of alcoholism.
Post # 32
Horseradish: The women on this board are soo puritanical and naive about alcohol. Every time their Darling Husband has more than a few beers he has a drinking problem.
Post # 33
JenGirl: Very well said, and I’m in the same boat as you. I feel it is perfectly fine to have a glass of wine every now & then with dinner, or a cold beer during the the dog days of summer (or whenver you want one). I feel like there are so many restrictions on pregnant woman these days.. just use good common sense and you will be fine.
Post # 34
Bellagiobride: LOL– I know some Bees will likely yell at me because apparently, it is assumed that some Bees take actual medical advice off of this website (ummmmm hello? Don’t do that)– a non-alcoholic beer is fine to have.
My cousin is a nurse practioner- she has a 2 year old and is currently pregnant. On occasion- mayne once a month- she’ll have 1 glass of wine. Americans have this crazy assumption that a drop of alcohol is going to harm baby.
While it’s true that excessive alcohol consumption can indeed cause birth defects in some babies, an extremely moderate amount of alcohol during pregnancy is not likely to cause harm.
Post # 35
Really, she might be alcoholic or she’s desperate because she wants the taste of beer? C’mon people. (Also, if you’ve never been pregnant, I’d be careful about judging – it is hard to have to give up things you like for so long. It doesn’t mean you have a problem or are dependent on it). There’s hardly any alcohol in it, it would not do any harm to her baby.
I’ve had one or two non-alc beers during the course of my pregnancy when we’ve been out at a pub or something for dinner with friends – because I like the taste of beer and sometimes it’s just nice to be able to enjoy something other than water.
Post # 36
Some of these responses are confusing to me. This is not a thread about drinking in general while pregnant. This is a thread about drinking non-alcoholic beer while pregnant.
Post # 37
stillme: +1. This whole thread is confusing to me!
Post # 38
No, CityBearBride, not a “high horse”.
In fact, as one PP mentioned, the choice of non-alcoholic beer for someone who does have a problem with alcohol does seem a reasonable posibility.
Since research is not yet TOTALLY certain on the subject, I would still choose the safest option.
Further, after many years of experience working with children who had less than optimum prenatal beginnings, I would have a question (still do) as to why a pregnant woman would indulge in any practice that was less than optimum.
The decisions pregnant women choose to make are, of course, their own. The consequences of their decisions are as well.
Post # 39
I have been looking in to a lot of pregnancy concerns in regards to eating and drinking because I like to know more information then just go by what people believe because they have been told one thing or the other. It started off because my doctor advised me that two glasses of wine a week is fine.
From what I gather the birth defects or babies with FAS is caused by binge drinking or heavy drinking. It also seems that they say to have none because they want to protect themselves and because they believe woman may abuse it if they say you can have a few drinks a week.
Anyway, basically I think the NA beer is fine. Some of us really like the taste of beer over say wine, cocktails, whatever. I have had a couple glasses of wine now that I am in my second trimester.
Post # 40
ann.reid.9277: When you are pregnant, you can question yourself, but do not question or judge others. I think that is the definition of a high horse – thinking you & your ‘optimum’ actions are superior to those of others.
You obviously think your choices are superior to others, which I believe is the definition of a high horse. I hope when you are pregnant, you can stay in your house all day – god forbid you get in a car accident or slip on the side walk – that would seriously be a less than optimum practice. And I hope you don’t have any morning sickness, so you can eat an ‘optimum’ diet at all times.
Post # 41
ann.reid.9277: What about eating non-organic produce? Why would anyone do that? It’s not OPTIMUM! Exercise during pregnancy is very beneficial- why would anyone choose not to? Overheating during pregnancy isn’t healthy- why would anyone live in a hot climate or be pregnant during the summer?!?!
This is one of the most ridiculpus threads I have seen on WB- and that is saying a lot. The “beer” in question is NON-ALCOHOLIC. What’s next on the list, root beer?
Post # 42
Bellagiobride: Eh, I just see implied judgement in the creation of this thread, and it looks like there are other PPs who see it, too. You must think your friend may be harming her baby if you’re asking at all.
Just my two cents.
Post # 43
I would probably say it would be okay once a week as a treat. But why would you? The moment most are TTC they are taking prenatal vitamins and not drinking.
Post # 44
MrsAKSkier: it’s non alcoholic but it still contains a small amount of alcohol is what OP is saying. You can do all of the things you mentioned in your post, and I’m.sure a lot of mothers do. It’s up to them what they want to do, I’m vegetarian and only eat organic, I also will not be getting pregnant in the Australian summer because i have diabetes and its a pain in the ass if my blood sugars get high, I can feel very sick on a hot day. I will be doing everything possible for a healthy baby. The easiest thing on the list is cutting out alcohol, not everyone has time to exercise every day but no one is faced with a situation where they have to drink alcohol (old timey shipwrecks excluded). So it’s a simple thing that has been proven better for you and your baby.
Post # 45
MrsAKSkier: You didn’t hear? Root beer is totally a gateway drink that leads to more drinking abuse – leading all the way up to sparkling apple cider and virgin pina coladas. Very dangerous.