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11 weeks (ish) and craving a glass of wine

(147 Posts)
LittleMrsExpecting Sat 16-Feb-13 17:55:17

Hi everyone, I am 11-12 weeks pregnant and although normally am not a big drinker am dying for a glass of wine. Have people been having the odd glass or abstaining from wine full stop? x

Doilooklikeatourist Sat 16-Feb-13 17:58:09

I had the odd glass of wine .
Not often , and not much .

jaffacake2 Sat 16-Feb-13 18:02:00

Read the thread on adopting a baby with foetal alcohol syndrome before you reach for your glass of wine. All alcohol crosses placenta barrier and research is uncertain as to how much can cause nerological damage whilst baby is developing.

soaccidentprone Sat 16-Feb-13 18:04:39

just pick something at 11% or lower and have a very small glass or make it into a spritzer.

and drink it slowly.

rubyslippers Sat 16-Feb-13 18:05:30

have a small glass with food

jaffacake2 Sat 16-Feb-13 18:06:06

Why take the risk ?

rubyslippers Sat 16-Feb-13 18:06:28

also, the becks blue beer which is no alcohol is excellent and tastes nearly the same as the full alcohol stuff

Littlemissexpecting Sat 16-Feb-13 18:06:48

A small glass with your dinner will be fine. If white wine you could always make a spritzer if you would prefer?

Flisspaps Sat 16-Feb-13 18:07:20

I had a glass with tea on a Saturday with my two, and very enjoyable I found it too.

rubyslippers Sat 16-Feb-13 18:07:25

a small glass of wine won't cause FAS

drinking a litre bottle of vodka every night probably will

BigPigLittlePig Sat 16-Feb-13 18:08:04

I had one craving whilst pregnant - Baileys. Cruel?! Very much so. I did indulge in the occasional tiny glass otherwise I would have gone mad (I'm also not normally a drinker either which makes the craving all the weirder). I also had a wonderful, amazing, refreshing glass of Pimms when 11 weeks pregnant.

I think if you have the occasional very small tot of something you will be fine <dodges missiles from others>

ladymia Sat 16-Feb-13 18:08:41

it's a personal choice. i wouldn't

forevergreek Sat 16-Feb-13 18:09:52

elderflower cordial and sparkling water is a good substitute

jaffacake2 Sat 16-Feb-13 18:10:57

"a small glass of wine won't cause FAS"

How do you know what damage the cumalative effect will have on foetal development ?
There is ongoing research about the damage being caused to adults livers through too much wine per week,so a foetus is even more vulnerable.

ratbagcatbag Sat 16-Feb-13 18:11:10

Rose wine, lots of lemonade, lovely and refreshing, I've had a couple over the course of my pregnancy, but no more.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Sat 16-Feb-13 18:12:33

How about some fizzy grape juice?

It's really not worth the risk

rubyslippers Sat 16-Feb-13 18:14:19

1 glass of wine isn't cumulative

and i don't know - i'm not a doctor

the OP asked if people had an odd glass or whether they were abstaining

NHS advice is 1 - 2 untits per week isn't it?

Angelico Sat 16-Feb-13 18:18:05

Have a glass and enjoy it. What did mums do before the no alcohol advice? They had the odd drink and we were all fine.

Having worked with a child with FAS I can tell you with some confidence that his addict mother drank a bottle of vodka a day. Our perfectly healthy bean is upstairs happily shrieking in her cot and was not harmed in the slightest by me having 1-2 drinks a fortnight in pregnancy. Seriously.

There is a very good article by that Guardian journo Zoe whats her face about the true risks from alcohol,eating soft cheese etc. Google it.

StrawberryGateaux Sat 16-Feb-13 18:19:10

What about a small white wine spritzer or a very low alcohol fizzy wine type thingy.

Sorry to de-rail but due to go out with friends in a few weeks, does anyone know of non-alchol or v low alchol drinks that u can purchase in a mainstream bar?
Tia-i ask this as i'm only 5wks and don't want to give the game away just yet.

Angelico Sat 16-Feb-13 18:19:45

And I stress - have A glass. Not five glasses. But then you know that already.

Waswondering Sat 16-Feb-13 18:21:55

I had a small glass once a week. It was poured into two glasses, so that I got a top up wink

Other tip I heard was to run a gin covered finger around the rim of a glass that you've filled with tonic, ice and lemon. You think it's a g and t, but it's only the tonic! smile

stacey212528 Sat 16-Feb-13 18:23:15

Strawberry lots of bars have the becks blue and usually a cider. If not ask for a lemonade in a tall glass, and just say its gin or whatever.

Carolra Sat 16-Feb-13 18:23:26

I was cursed with larger cravings my entire pregnancy and I would never normally drink larger!! It's really annoying and I confess to the occasional larger shandy, my lovely dd is fine... And so I think a rare glass of wine or whatever you fancy is fine. You are not going to get fetal alcohol syndrome from a couple of units, whatever the scaremongers say xxx

bakerbump Sat 16-Feb-13 18:28:52

Know there are the NHS guidelines but can't get it out of my head that as a fully grown adult (albeit a lightweight) I will feel some sort of effect from a small glass of wine, even if its that 'relaxed' feeling you get. So while I'm feeling relaxed, my tiny unborn bean is probably getting wasted in there! Have abstained so far (30 weeks)...

ExpatAl Sat 16-Feb-13 19:32:08

Some incredibly irresponsible people on here condoning something they know nothing about. In fact for some unlucky people FAS can happen very very easily so please, if there is a question mark about something, don't say it's fine because your child turned out okay.

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