When you find out you're pregnant, your whole life changes. You may have to readjust your entire lifestyle to start making healthier choices, especially in regard to what you choose to eat and drink. This can also mean giving up some of those guilty pleasures you may indulge in from time to time, such as drinking alcohol.
When it comes to giving up your much-anticipated glass of wine after a long day of work or a couple cosmopolitans when hanging out with your gal friends, you may look on longingly as others drink up and might even feel bored if everyone you're with is partaking. However, to make it easier on yourself, you may want to consider asking your partner to hold off until the baby comes, so at least you'll have one other person you can rely on to be sober.
Open up a discussion
This may seem like a big thing to ask, but you are hosting a growing baby in your womb for nine months for the two of you. If you believe it would truly make a difference in your mindset, you should at least bring the topic up and discuss it.
However, if you don't feel comfortable asking that of your partner, you may consider some fun beverage alternatives to alcohol that can make you feel less left out when socializing. For instance, most restaurants and bars can make mock cocktails if you ask. Or, if you're home, perhaps try some flavored sparkling water in a wine glass or champagne flute. You could even garnish it with some fruit so it looks like the real thing.
Remember the potential consequences
If you ever feel the urge to drink during pregnancy despite your doctor's orders, there are several key points that you can remind yourself with to discourage the activity. The biggest risk that alcohol poses to your little one is a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which is 100-percent preventable, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
When an expectant mom drinks alcohol, her growing baby also consumes it, as the substance can pass from the mother's blood through the placenta and umbilical cord. The CDC states that, as a result, a baby may develop an FASD, which can cause him or her to have abnormal facial features, a small head size, short stature, low body weight, poor coordination, hyperactive behavior, learning disabilities and vision and hearing problems.
Did you ask your partner to refrain from drinking alcohol while you were pregnant? What was the response? What are some of your favorite mocktails or beverage alternatives? Leave your answers in the comments section!