Drinking during Pregnancy

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Drinking during Pregnancy

It has been a while since we have debated this topic and a new study release has the topic back in the forefront:

[h=1]Study: Some Alcohol Consumption is Okay During Early Pregnancy[/h]One of the significant findings of the study centered on this:

It was concluded that there were no significant effects on the neurodevelopment of these children if fewer than nine drinks were consumed per week during early pregnancy, and the results suggest that women may safely consume small amounts of alcohol with the permission of a physician.

What are your feelings on alcohol consumption during pregnancy? Do you have any feelings or concerns about this study's findings?

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I'm not personally comfortable with it as I know how I react to things and if there was anything wrong I would blame myself and my actions even if logically they were unrelated.

I don't fault moms who have a drink of wine or beer during pregnancy and don't think there is anything wrong with it.

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9 drinks a week seems excessive to me for anyone. I only drink maybe a few times a year so I may be way off, but I dont know anyone that drinks that much.

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I do probably have 9 drinks a week -- a glass of wine with dinner most evenings, a glass after the kids go to bed some nights, and maybe an extra something on a weekend afternoon -- when I'm not pregnant and that seems perfectly normal to me & my social crowd. There's no way I would drink ever drink that much when I knew I was pregnant. I don't get all loopy or anything, but I also weigh a lot and I can only imagine the effect that that amount of blood alcohol would have on a tiny little fetus. I don't like the way I feel after I've had too much to drink, but I know it's my own fault & I was in control of what I put into my own body. I can't imagine purposely putting a helpless little fetus through that sickening feeling, when it has no idea what's going on. That's just selfish & sad. I don't care if there's no lasting harm, it's just not right to do.

That said, at a very early gestation the fetus is still living off its yolk sac, and there's little pass-through from the mother to the fetus, so I do accept that a moderate amount of alcohol will cause no lasting harm. I *hope* that what this study is trying to say, is to not worry so much if you drank some alcohol before you realized you were pregnant, or even if you had a few drinks in an "Oh god, what have we done?" state of mind, because it's not going to effect your baby at all.

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Yeah 9 drinks in a week didn't seem that bad. Many people have a glass a wine a night and maybe 1 extra drink on weekends. I usually only drink on the weekends and will have 3-5 in a weekend.

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When I was pregnant with DS I had a one glass of wine with dinner one night. That one glass gave me a raging headache and made me feel so dehydrated the next day that I didn't have another drink while I was pregnant. Keep in mind I was very pregnant during the summer months so staying hydrated was an issue for me anyway. I don't have a problem with moderation and don't judge moms that do have a glass of wine while pregnant but it just didn't physically work for me.

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"Jessica1980" wrote:

I'm not personally comfortable with it as I know how I react to things and if there was anything wrong I would blame myself and my actions even if logically they were unrelated.

I don't fault moms who have a drink of wine or beer during pregnancy and don't think there is anything wrong with it.

Ditto this!

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Eh, I'm pretty comfortable drinking alcohol while pregnant. The risks are quite minimal IMO. Lots of research has supported this.

With my most recent pregnancy, I absolutely drank beer and wine on occasion. Some of this was in early pregnancy, when I knew I was preggers, but I was in Asia and was literally offered beer, wine, or tap water....I opted for the beer (mostly bc I was working and my peers didn't yet know I was pregnant, and I wasn't comfortable disclosing it.)

I think it is funny that we as a society are more worried about the effects of a glass of wine or a beer on a fetus, but as soon as we are in labor are comfy taking in narcotics and other drugs without questioning the impact.

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The nine drinks per week troubles me ....mostly because if memory serves, healthy or "low risk" drinking habits for a woman (not pregnant) is somewhere around seven drinks per week. So you could be more moderate risk for alcohol issues but still be healthy for pregnancy? That seems wrong.

Not pregnant I probably have maybe 7-9 glasses of wine a week, glass at night, maybe two on the weekends? I did not do that pregnant obviously.

PS my ob was European, I think they had a VERY different view on this then Americans did.

Though, when I was 14 weeks pregnant, at an urgent care they told me I had lost the baby, I went an entire weekend thinking I was miscarrying and was so upset that on Sunday we went out and had a few too many drinks. Doctor said (after we found out that I had NOT lost the baby) even at that point there was no harm.

By the third trimester, doc cleared me for a glass of wine a week if I wanted to. I didn't always but did have some wine if we were eating out or having a good meal. Never more than one glass a week though and most times much less.

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"boilermaker" wrote:

Eh, I'm pretty comfortable drinking alcohol while pregnant. The risks are quite minimal IMO. Lots of research has supported this.

With my most recent pregnancy, I absolutely drank beer and wine on occasion. Some of this was in early pregnancy, when I knew I was preggers, but I was in Asia and was literally offered beer, wine, or tap water....I opted for the beer (mostly bc I was working and my peers didn't yet know I was pregnant, and I wasn't comfortable disclosing it.)

I think it is funny that we as a society are more worried about the effects of a glass of wine or a beer on a fetus, but as soon as we are in labor are comfy taking in narcotics and other drugs without questioning the impact.

This... I had no hesitation drinking beer or wine while pregnant. My doctors were always fine with it and advised just to stay away from hard alcohol.

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I'm waiting for the caffeine study...I don't think that's as harmful as they say either. Same for marijuana.

That said, I think some alcohol is fine. Nine drinks a week? I don't know...hard for me to relate as I'm not much of a drinker. It feels like a lot to me for a pregnant woman. Of course I'm basing that on nothing, I have no hard evidence or studies to back me up.

But I do think that a glass of wine every day or two is probably just fine...my doctor never had an issue with it.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I'm waiting for the caffeine study...I don't think that's as harmful as they say either.

I'm not sure I'd agree. Caffeine can elevate the heart rate, quite seriously in some people, and that's probably not a good thing for a developing heart. One of Tiven's friends was born with a heart defect that was caused by his heart not beating fast enough at a critical point in his development, so it seems likely that a heart beating too fast might also cause damage.

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I think having an alcoholic beverage whilst pregnant is ok, as long as you're not getting hammered.

xx

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I also think it is OK to have a drink occasionally. I had a glass of wine with Everit in my second TRI and a WHOLE beer in my third tri when I was having some contractions. I didn't drink with Dalton, but it just never sounded good to me.

All about moderation, man... the moderation.