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Drinking in pregnancy

126 replies

theheatherjane1 · 05/02/2017 19:23

Do you? The odd cheeky one? Nothing at all?
I haven't, but some days, oh some days, the only thing standing between me and a delicious glass of booze is that there's sod all in the house.

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SharkBastard · 05/02/2017 21:02

I'm 30 weeks and haven't touched a drop since finding out at 5 weeks and I REALLY miss it!

The only reason I'm not touching it is because I would enjoy it too much and not want to stop. Crack on with whatever you're comfortable with, low level alcohol is not going to cause damage

MrsBlennerhassett · 05/02/2017 21:03

I had a desparados on a couple of occasions and i tried to have a glass of champagne on christmas day and NYE but both times it made me feel sick so i only managed a couple of sips!!
I didnt find out i was pregnant until 12 weeks tho and before that id been on a boozy holiday to Prague!!!

DirtyDancing · 05/02/2017 21:04

Half a glass of wine with my first.

This time with no2 been a little more relaxed. Had probably 4 small beers and 2 small glasses of wine the whole time (I'm 30 weeks).

SquedgieBeckenheim · 05/02/2017 21:05

Nope, no alcohol since conception! I didn't with last pregnancy either. I will drink while breastfeeding though, but only small amounts.

TheNewMrsGeraldButler · 05/02/2017 21:08

I had a few glasses the night before I found out I was pregnant, a small glass on my 30th birthday, a glass with Xmas lunch and a small glass on NYE to celebrate my brothers engagement. I'm due in 2.5 weeks and baby is growing well.

wheresmycake · 05/02/2017 21:11

Absolutely not. Wouldn't dream of giving alcohol to a young child/toddler, why risk giving it to my unborn baby

LittleEpisode · 05/02/2017 21:13

I would have but found just one glass made me ridiculously sleepy! Plus I've always been a bit of an 'all or nothing' person - if I were to have one I'd want to finish the bottle so it was easier to just abstain. My last pregnancy I really missed drinking - especially as I was pregnant over Christmas! But funny enough once baby was here I didn't want to drink at all for months!!

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints · 05/02/2017 21:13

My first 3 pregnancies even the thought of booze made me queasy. I had a glass during my latent labour with dc4 though. I'd been fancying one & after 4 days of contractions with nothing happening & 0 sleep I thought what the hell and had a v small glass of red. It did nothing to help the labour along but I slept for about 2 hours straight that night before the contractions woke me Smile. That being said I very rarely drink, probably only 1 or 2 glasses 3 or 4 times a year.

kmini · 05/02/2017 21:28

There is loads of research out there on this issue. The problem is the statistical credentials of the study. I can thoroughly recommend Emily osters book Expecting Better. If you want to make an informed decision - she will give you greater confidence (in addition to lots of other decisions that come up during pregnancy). She encourages assessing the risks against what is right for you.

To summarise her research - one drink per week during 1st trimester and one drink per night 2nd and 3rd was acceptable in her eyes. Always with a meal and very slowly to allow your liver to process the alcohol (is. So not passed on to the baby).

My personal decision was one drink per week from late in the 2nd trimester. Never socially bc I was worried about drinking too quickly. 2nd pregnancy this time and almost half way through. Absolutely no desire to drink at all! Makes it much easier to make the decision.

Ps. For what it's worth, people that compare low levels of drinking with smoking are very misled. Vastly different risk profiles and potential impacts.

WinkyisbackontheButterBeer · 05/02/2017 21:29

I had a pint of Guinness at 12 bays overdue because some one told me it might get the little bugger moving and I was getting desperate.
Didn't work.

I did crave larger all through my pregnancy though, not a drink that I usually bother with. I drank lots of becks blue.

beansbananas · 05/02/2017 21:33

I have had a glass of wine most weeks throughout my pregnancy. I really miss the social aspect of drinking, so treat myself when I go out for dinner. But sometimes my heart burn and sickness is simply too bad, so I won't drink it unless I really enjoy it.

IMissGin · 05/02/2017 21:34

I'm 8+ months now and have had about 6/7 glasses of champagne, same small glasses of wine since finding out. I also had a hot choc with some baileys in it.

Emberblu · 05/02/2017 21:46

I wouldn't personally cos I'm not a big drinker anyway but I don't think an odd drink every now and then would do any harm. But before I knew I was pregnant I'd had a big night out where I got rather tipsy on cocktails and a bday party where I had about 4 drinks... feel guilty when I think about it but I didn't know! Also like the reassurance of stories where there have been no ill effects Smile

Blueroses99 · 05/02/2017 21:50

I wouldn't drink at all either, but it's a high risk pregnancy and my risk threshold is set differently to most.

I did however want to taste the wine my sister was deciding between to have at her wedding so I had 4 tiny sips - 2 reds, 2 whites. They all tasted awful! Think my tastebuds are totally messed up. Even fizzy grape tasted bad!

Strokethefurrywall · 05/02/2017 21:50

I did during both my pregnancies.

Only a beer a week at happy hour with DS1 because I went completely off wine but regularly had a couple of glasses of wine a week with DS2.

Both absolutely fine. I'm an adult, I make my own decisions and risk assessments about life.

Obviously no judgement for those that refrain from drinking anything of course!

Lovelybangers · 05/02/2017 21:57

I had a beer now and again during my pregnancy. Also went on holiday when 22 weeks (fast chance pre-DC) and might have enjoyed a few cocktails through the week.

DS is 19 now and a very healthy, intelligent young man. He likes a drink too!

I did quit the cigs as soon as I found out that I was pg.

Mind you back then coffee wasn't frowned upon in pregnancy either.

DoctorBeat · 05/02/2017 22:02

It is silly, because when I was pg the advice was 1-2 units one or twice a week. But now it appears they have said n

DoctorBeat · 05/02/2017 22:05

Oops! None at all because we can't be trusted to moderate our alcohol intake. So basically, lots is bad. But a little is probably not, especially in later pregnancy. But they don't trust us to have just a little so they tell us none at all.

rachyconks · 05/02/2017 22:07

Glass of wine with dinner on a Sunday with both DD and DS. Looked forward to it every week tbf. Also had a glass of wine in early Labour with DS to calm me down a bit. I was getting a bit fraught. It worked amazingly!

Spam88 · 05/02/2017 22:09

Doctor Prior to the current advice not to drink anything at all, the advice was still not to drink anything at all but if you're going to drink then to limit it two 1-2 units a week or whatever it was. Don't know whether it was different before that, but I've seen a lot of people say they changed it because people can't be trusted to determine what's a sensible amount, but I've never seen any evidence that this was part of the decision.

I haven't drunk at all during my pregnancy. I was quite a heavy drinker beforehand and actually its quite nice having a break from alcohol anyway. I do occasionally really fancy a nice cold glass of prosecco, but I make do with some yummy elderflower sparkly stuff instead.

I think though that I would happily give up alcohol forever for just one mug of filter coffee. Mmmmm....

jujubeanz · 05/02/2017 22:15

Mind you back then coffee wasn't frowned upon in pregnancy either.

I have a sleep dodging toddler, I've regularly gone over my "caffeine allowance" in this pregnancy.

sotiredbutworthit · 05/02/2017 22:24

In the last trimester I had a glass or wine maybe once or twice a week to help me sleep. I had the cursed restless leg syndrome.

Creatureofthenight · 05/02/2017 22:33

Had a Bucks Fizz on Christmas Day and a couple of sips of prosecco on NYE. Not really fancied it tbh. (Am 20 weeks.)
Have found limited caffeine is much more of a sacrifice!

PencilsInSpace · 05/02/2017 22:40

I had an occasional 1/2 guinness. I'd hate to be pregnant now, there's so much societal policing of pregnant women.

What risk would there be having just 1 cigarette??

The risk of becoming very quickly addicted and ending up as a daily smoker.

flamingnoravera · 05/02/2017 22:40

I have fostered a child with FAS, as a result I would advocate no alcohol at all. Why take the risk to a developing brain? You can drink after the child is born but you cannot undo damage. It's just not worth it.

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