Post # 32
Ive had a small glass here and there after first tri finished. Maybe once a fortnight or less? Im obviously comfortsble with that and i believe there is zero chance of fas or other problems from that level. Other women dint touch a drop
I dont advise dirnking more than a small glass or more than once a week max, but otherwise i think its fine personally. So does my doctor!
Post # 33
In regards to FAS, I just want to point out that the people most likely to lie about their drinking habits are alcoholics. So unless the pregnant woman is being monitored 24/7, we have no idea how much she is drinking. So when a baby is born with FAS and the mom insists she only had an occasional drink, I for one would be skeptical. Denial is one of the major symptoms of the disease of addiction/alcoholism and self-reporting is notoriously suspect.
Post # 34
I’ve had a glass here and there. I did my own research and concluded from it that half glass maybe once a month is not an issue but you have to do what you are personally comfortable with.
Post # 35
I don’t drink much anyways so it hasn’t been an issue for me to abstain.
But I know someone who drank a glass every night with her pregnancy, approved by her Doctor. She recently asked me if I had started drinking wine again and I said that I wouldn’t be and she rolled her eyes.
Post # 36
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
A recent study showed the moderate drinking is associated with better behaved toddlers so who knows what the effects of a glass or two really are? I say to do what you feel comfortable with and so long as you aren’t doing it often and you aren’t drinking to the point of getting drunk, it should be fine. When I was pregnant I couldn’t even look at a glass of wine much less drink it but pretty much everything made me barf when I was pregnant.
Post # 37
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: my gf’s and i were just discussing this over brunch yesterday, and here’s my take on it.
yes, in the majority of pregnancies, throughout history, women have not had an issue with ‘a glass of wine occasionally’ throughout their pregnancy. but i think that, as science has progressed, scientists and scholars have been able to prove that in at least a small number of cases, a small amount of wine, a little too much caffeine, a little too much packaged lunch meat, a cigarette now and then, can harm a fetus. my opinion is, if there is even a small chance that i and my baby could become one of those “small number of cases”, I’m going to just avoid it. better safe than sorry.
i figure my pleasure over a glass of wine (or for me a coffee when i want it) isn’t worth even the small percentage of a chance that it could create some sort of complication.
Post # 38
O this is always such an interesting topic…
At the end of the day, I think your answer is 100% between you and your doctor.
That said, my perspective is that my doctor definitely gave me the okay for the occasional glass of wine. I’m 10 weeks now, and just haven’t done it though…I’d LOVE one, don’t get me wrong, but it just hasn’t felt like a good idea yet. Maybe it will…more likely in the latter half of my pregnancy. Many reasonable, loving, intelligent women close to me (who are excellent and responsible mothers) have chosen to have the occasional beer or glass of wine during pregnancy and I think that’s great for them. Like I said, I bet I will partake in a half a glass of wine a couple times a month later on in pregnancy, but who knows?
I do like statistical and fact-based research like the article here, but again this is all about what you feel comfortable with, as well as your doctor.
Post # 39
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: I have heard MANY people and even dr.s say that 4oz of red wine once per week is fine once you are past trimester 1. I didn’t find out I was pregnant until I was 6 weeks and I drank a lot (more than I would like to admit) until my BFP. I told my dr. that in a panic and he said I was fine and not to worry. He said as long as I stopped when I found out he is sure my baby will not have fetal alcohol syndrome. My best friend has had a few half glasses of red wine here and there past her 1st trimester and even though I don’t know that I will (even though I am a huge wine drinker) I don’t frown upon anyone who does. Especially if a dr. says it’s fine.
Post # 40
- Wedding: October 2019 - City, State
I had wine here and there while pregnant and I had a bit of champagne on new years eve. I also drank before I found out I was pregnant and my son is completely healthy. I think if you just really want a glass of wine, you should have a glass of wine as long as your comfortable with it. It sounds like you aren’t though.
I think this is a personal choice, like all pregnancy choices. It’s something you can decide on for yourself, there are medical opinions and it’s up to you (and your doctor) to choose what works best for you. I was fine about having wine. So was my doctor.
Post # 41
I also think that in moderation a little wine is fine. When I was pregnant with my first I poured myself a glass of red wine and had a sip but just couldn’t enjoy it so I really didn’t see the point.
I would however not judge a woman that had a glass or two once in a while.
Post # 42
Is there an article that says “too much lunch meat” can cause problems?
The only risk with lunch meat is listeria. You can get listeria from a serving of food, so it’s not “too much lunch meat” that causes a problem, it’s just if you get unlucky enough to get it from a serving of something. And you can kill listeria by heating that lunch meat, so in reality there is no risk if you follow along with the rules. My big problem with it is that you are just as likely to get it from fruits/vegetables or cheese. The last major outbreak was from cantaloupe, but no one tells pregnant women to avoid cantaloupe. My other problem is that the risk of getting it was so so small (like .06%)…I don’t see much reason to worry. You’re more at risk for a miscarriage/damage driving around town or from the flu than you are for any food-related pregnancy concern. Might as well quit leaving the house. I sort of follow along with the article above that someone else posted.
Everyone is free to make your own choice, so I’m not criticizing your choice, I just don’t like the fear-mongering approach I find all the time towards pregnant women.
Post # 43
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
The problem with FAS is that they don’t know what the threshold is for risk: it could be any amount consumed at any time. It’s all a risk. Some people (self included) chance low / moderate consumption during pregnancy. Others don’t. I think given the sketchy data, you’re justified in whatever you choose. Two things I am always conscious of: never consuming any alcohol on an empty stomach, and always watching portion size. A “glass” of wine is 4oz — most people pour far more than that. Generally, alcohol has done nothing for me other than precipitate headaches and fatigue, so I don’t even really miss it. That being said, I will taste a cocktail or have a sip of white wine while cooking with it for flavor.
Post # 44
I would feel guilty. I don’t see the logic in risking it, even if the chances are slim. I don’t need wine to live.
Post # 45
A little toxin carries a little risk, and does a little damage.
It’s not damage to you, though, but to your baby.
I won’t be taking a single sip. What size of risk to my child would be worth a friggin drink? For me, none.
Post # 46
I have sips of SO’s beer every once in awhile…one night when I was 18w I actually had 5-6 tiny sips and felt super guilty…his friend makes home brews and had 6 different ones to try.
I can’t see myself sitting down to a full beer/glass of wine until after he is born, but if people do have one every now and then, that is their business.
I also found out right at 4w so I feel like I haven’t had a drink in so long….only 20 weeks to go!