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Found out at 27 weeks ; worried about alcohol use

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deb1407 Fri 12-May-17 20:07:56

Hi all ..

I am 33 weeks pregnant, I found out at 27 weeks we were expecting, and although I am beyond excited I'm really struggling with anxiety as I had a " couple " of nights out where I was very drunk with horrible hangovers the next day - the fact I was pregnant explains a lot, other than 2 major nights out I possibly consumed 4 units per week but nothing from 27 weeks. Has anyone been in the same situation and had a healthy baby. Il never forgive myself for something that has been out of my control sad

MissBax Fri 12-May-17 21:32:09

Have you had an anomaly scan?

AnastasiaB Fri 12-May-17 21:35:01

I'm in a similar situation. Found out at 20 weeks (now 26) and felt so bad about drinking even though I didn't know at all. Was still having bleeds and no other symptoms. All my tests and scans so far have came back fine though so I'm trying not to worry. Have you had tests etc done? Hopefully someone on here can give you better advice than me and put you at ease but honestly try not to be so hard on yourself, you didn't know you were just living life as usual, we're not the first ones this has happened to and I've read a lot of people having healthy babies despite early drinking in pregnancy. Hoping everything is okay for you flowers

deb1407 Fri 12-May-17 21:49:09

Yes I've had one and all seems fine along with measurements etc, also had a 4D scan at 29 weeks and baby looks some beautiful .. & spitting image of her daddy. But the worry is making me sick and causing me more stress than anything else sad xx

Crumbs1 Fri 12-May-17 21:50:47

Alcohol damage is actually quite rare.

Laurajonesy Fri 12-May-17 22:24:07

Can I just ask did you have normal periods up till you found out?. Did you literally ha no idea?? Also try not to worry to much about something out of your control

YoullNeverWeeAlone Fri 12-May-17 22:27:42

I know people who have (unknowingly) drunk in pregnancy and taken drugs. They all have children who are perfectly fine. All 3 were 20+ weeks when they found out.

It's not a guarantee, but please try not to stress yourself about it too much. You can't change it now, just make the best decisions you can going forward. Hope you can enjoy the rest of your pregnancy.

blue2014 Fri 12-May-17 22:30:17

My sister found out at 6 months having drunk, her (now 15 year old) son is fine (and also wonderful and brilliant and handsome and ace smile)

Oopsypoopsy Fri 12-May-17 23:19:19

I wouldn't worry about it. It's just been a couple of times that you've been drunk not regularly. I for one have enjoyed a glass of wine plenty of nights during my pregnancies and my kids are awesome with no ill effects at all. People have done a lot worse without harming their babies so just try to have a healthy and enjoyable remainder of your pregnancy and be glad you skipped the difficult early weeks of nausea etc. Get shopping for cute clothes for your baby and enjoy. x

MissBax Sat 13-May-17 08:59:03

Aww glad the scans went well. Just try and relax now smile FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) is very rare and generally the effect of severe alcoholism

monkeyfacegrace Sat 13-May-17 09:00:55

Alcohol damage is very very rare. And usually from people drinking a bottle of vodka a day.

4 units a week is literally nothing.

Try not to worry. And congrats.

kel1493 Sat 13-May-17 09:09:50

I wouldn't worry too much.
I drunk during my pregnancy (a lot less than normal, and weaker drinks than normal), but my baby was fine.
My mum drunk the same as usual during pregnancy and the 3 of us were fine.

MissBax Sat 13-May-17 09:13:32

kel - are you saying you and your mum knowingly drank in pregnancy? If so, I really don't think that's something to brag about.

mayhew Sat 13-May-17 17:25:05

As a midwife, I would say that fetal alcohol problems are caused by persistent heavy drinking. A couple of sessions are very unlikely to cause a problem. It's hard not to worry but try and park it in the past. You didn't know and therefore did not knowingly do something risky.

anametouse Sat 13-May-17 17:48:14

Mayhew - midwives are ace, thanks smile

TestingTestingWonTooFree Sat 13-May-17 18:36:35

The reading I've done suggests that it's alcoholism levels of drinking that put baby at risk of FAS, so more than 4 units and every day, not over a week.

deb1407 Mon 15-May-17 16:32:52

Hi everyone.

Thanks for your comments. They have been reassuring.

I went for a wellbeing scan today. The lady was lovely and took lots of time with me .. my little princess appears perfect at the moment - probs panic over nothing although can't be sure until she's here: but it's enough to allow me to enjoy my pregnancy, or the short period that's left!


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