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whats the latest info r.e. drinking whilst pregnant

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bishboschone Tue 30-Nov-10 16:53:15

I am not a bg drinker but I just wondered if the guidelines had changed since I had dd 7 years ago.

FindingMyMojo Tue 30-Nov-10 16:57:28

I think at the moment it's don't have anything. I'm happy to have to have the odd glass or wine though.

FindingMyMojo Tue 30-Nov-10 16:57:58

OF grin

rubyslippers Tue 30-Nov-10 16:58:55

no more than one to two units of alcohol, once or twice per week

i think they recently changed the guidance t the above

i did have the odd drink, with food in the second and third trimesters

Cyclebump Tue 30-Nov-10 17:14:27

My mw said I could have a glass of wine a week, I'm 22 weeks and have had three separate small glasses since I've known (week 6). Most recent one was on Saturday, a glass of Bollinger to celebrate my sister's engagement smile

youngblowfish Tue 30-Nov-10 18:17:40

Cyclebump, congratulations to your sister!

I think the official advice not to drink anything at all has not changed, even though the most recent study on alcohol consumption in pregnancy (widely reported - BBC link) found no evidence that drinking one or two units a week does any harm to the baby.

I enjoy an occasional glass of wine, I might have had two or three since my morning sickness subsided a few months ago.

trixie123 Tue 30-Nov-10 18:19:30

they're unlikely to ever officially say its ok to drink any amount of alcohol but realistically most MWs do not suggest you can't have a little, as Ruby Slippers says. Stick to wine or beer rather than spirits perhaps (though not really sure why other than it will last longer).

tlise Tue 30-Nov-10 18:57:14

I heard 2 units per week maximum, but more occasionally would be best. I don't really drink but do like baileys in hot choc in winter. So I just have odd one now and again, and don;t have so much in

japhrimel Tue 30-Nov-10 19:05:19

NHS & government guidance is that you shouldn't have any alcohol, but this is based more on the fact that the previous evidence-based guidance of no more than 1-2 units once or twice a week didn't work, than on any real evidence. Too many women either don't know what 1-2 units actually is - or don't care - and so drink too much. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is a problem is this country so the guidance was changed some time back to drink nothing at all.

A lot of people still seem to think that a glass of wine is 1 unit. But a glass of many modern wines would be nearer 3 units.

TransatlanticCityGirl Tue 30-Nov-10 19:12:44

A leading obstetrician visited my workplace recently to give a talk on pregnancy. His view that a few units per week was absolutely fine.

He also mentioned his own wife drank a glass of champagne pretty much every day for all 3 of her pregnancies. He doesn't recommend going that far but his kids turned out absolutely fine
(Just thought that was a funny story...! )

I do think japhrimel is right, many people don't know what a unit is.... and as we often do, we've amended the advice to cater for the lowest common demominator.

bishboschone Tue 30-Nov-10 21:10:19

Thank you, I guess it's basically my choice, lol @ champagne every day( how the other half live!) . I think I'll just give it a miss altogether, at least I'll be a cheap date afterwards!

PipPipPip Tue 30-Nov-10 22:49:59

No difference between spirits, beer or wine - it is the number of alcohol UNITS that matters.

So having a G&T with a single measure is no better/worse for you than drinking a small glass of wine.

japhrimel Wed 01-Dec-10 11:17:17

Unit calculator:

GlitteryBalls Wed 01-Dec-10 12:38:17

I was wondering about this. For at least the first probably 16 weeks of my pg I just didn't feel like alcohol, I had a complete aversion to it. However in my 2nd and 3rd trimesters I've allowed myself the odd medium glass of wine, with a meal or on special occasions. I have followed the rule 1-2 units once or twice a week and never exceeded that. I have never felt remotely "drunk" and have never had enough that I would even consider myself not able to drive - most weeks I don't have any. However I was at work and I guy said to me "Bet you aren't looking forward to xmas with NO alcohol?" and I replied that I had the odd one and that I had in fact had a glass of wine the previous day with my sunday roast. He looked at me in HORROR and said that when his wife was pregnant she never touched a DROP!

He made me feel dead guilty. Should I?

Oh and top tip: for wine, as most around nowadays are fairly strong 12%+ jobbies, go on the premise that 100ml is 1 unit. Therefore large 250 ml glass is 2.5 units, medium 175 ml glass (what most bars call small) is 1.75 units etc.

Bue Wed 01-Dec-10 13:08:39

GlitterBallys, no you shouldn't feel guilty. You've done nothing wrong! A lot of people just aren't educated on this issue, I'm afraid.

Not to mention the fact that people love to judge and police pregnant womens' behaviour...

JoEW Wed 01-Dec-10 14:24:10 ncy

This is quite a useful link. As far as I can gather there's no evidence to suggest that one or two units, once or twice a week does any damage. FAS is generally associated with serious problem drinking, not having the odd glass now and again, although a level under which it is safe to drink hasn't been established.

Roxy33 Wed 01-Dec-10 15:20:57

Glitteryballs - I like the name by the way. I had the same thing happen to me, a male colleague carried on about how his wife didn't drink any alcohol, didn't touch cured meats and brought up several things I didn't even know I wasn't supposed to eat. He was very smug about it all and made me feel very guilty. I got over it though as i've had one or two glasses every few weeks since - I think I took the view that, for me, a happy relaxed me which means an occasional lapse in food / drink is better for the baby than a miserable stressed me without an occasional thing to make me happy....and yes, food and wine make me happy.

GlitteryBalls Wed 01-Dec-10 15:48:53

I like your name too Rox! Guess what? My name in RL is Roxie! Keep it quiet though, i want to stay anon so I can flame people post embarassing stuff without anyone knowing who I am grin. You must have sensed that we shared the same cool namesake!

GlitteryBalls Wed 01-Dec-10 15:51:40

The name Roxanne must also predispose to alcoholism - tee hee!

iTigress Wed 01-Dec-10 15:55:05

Me and DH drink a bottle of wine between us most evenings and often go a bit mad with friends at weekends. I obviously won't do this when pg, and we're not trying at the moment but we're not being hugely careful either blush

If I'm pg this month, is it a huge risk?

<buries head in sand, continues glass of merlot>

iTigress Wed 01-Dec-10 15:56:16

I would stop the minute I get a BFP of course.

StuffingGoldBrass Wed 01-Dec-10 15:59:41

Moderate drinking is very very unlikely to harm your foetus. The squawking hysteria about it is to do with controlling women's behaviour not public health.
FWIW I drank quite a lot while PG, mainly because in the first trimester I didn't know I was PG and then afterwards I reckoned that moderate drinking was OK.
My DS has just been put on the Gifted and Talented list.

GlitteryBalls Wed 01-Dec-10 16:00:12

I got completely pissed the night I conceived (figures) and then a week later. I had the last weekend before my BFP as a sober one as I ran a half marathon instead! I got my BFP a day later. I am 34 weeks today and my pg has been completely problem free so far. smile

iTigress Wed 01-Dec-10 16:02:37

Thanks SGB! I'm going to attempt to be a paragon of virtue when I do get pg, but we've been using the rhythm method or somesuch for the last 9 months, and no sign, so bedamned if I'm having a dry festive season!

GlitteryBalls Wed 01-Dec-10 16:06:38

Rhythm method worked fine with exP for four years, but failed miserably within 3 months of meeting current dp! So, depending on whether you do want to get pg or not, if you don't I shouldn't rely on it forever - if you DO, it will proabaly only be a matter of time! smile

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