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Did You Drink While Pregnant?

The Office of the Surgeon General has long cautioned expectant women about drinking. It released this statement in 2005.

"We must prevent all injury and illness that is preventable in society, and alcohol-related birth defects are completely preventable," Dr. Carmona said. "We do not know what, if any, amount of alcohol is safe. But we do know that the risk of a baby being born with any of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders increases with the amount of alcohol a pregnant woman drinks, as does the likely severity of the condition. And when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her baby. Therefore, it's in the child's best interest for a pregnant woman to simply not drink alcohol."

Still many pregnant women drink. While with child, did you indulge or err on the side of caution?


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Me-A Me-A 6 years
I have drunk while pregnant. I am healthy and well educated and have intelligent children. I have had daily half beers in my first pregnancy down to several glasses of wine with subsequent pregnancies. I am really just deep down addicted to the substance and cut down to low almost non existent levels when I am pregnant. It is harder than anything I have ever done, I am in constant battle with myself. I do the best for my babies. I breastfeed, I make their baby food. I raise them well. Yet during pregnancy I have moments of severe weakness, I need alcohol to cope. To relax. I am an alcoholic. I am not the one you see at rock bottom, but the one who functions and performs in normal everyday society well and with ease. At times slurred and broken as I grew up, but mostly in an arena where I am well spoken and social. I have to admit this so others can see, I fear a baby who could be hurt by my actions. I really do. It paralyzes me at times, it really does. I just do not have the control to be perfect.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 9 years
Very, very little. My doctor told me not to worry about half a glass of wine or half a pint of beer once every couple of weeks. But to be honest, even though I've had the occasional craving, when it comes to actually drinking some, I haven't wanted more than a few sips, never even half a glass. I think I had a full champagne flute of a mimosa for Xmas, but that was only 1/3 champagne.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I had a small glass of champagne at my wedding (I was 4mos along) and a few sips here and there of my husbands beers. When I spoke to my OB about it he said that a few sips really wouldn't be enought to get all worked up about. And after my son was born my MIL told me to have a beer to get the milk flowing and it worked wonderfully. I think it has something to do with the yeast in the beer.
Advah Advah 9 years
I read somewhere Guinness is supposedly good for pregnant women (well, not the alcohol obviously) because of its high iron content. I don't know if it's just a myth or if it's true though..
Gayana Gayana 9 years
I drank about every weekend for the first 4 month of my pregnancy but i had no idea that i was pregnant. My husband and I were not trying and I was on birth control (nuva ring) the entire time. I did not miss my period even once (i actually had it through 8 month of my pregnancy) and virually had no symptoms what so ever. I actually found out during a routine physical (talk about surprise!) But anyways prior to finding out i drank every weekend and some weekends actually quite a bit, so once i found out i was really scared, and had a couple of freak outs and worried the entire time i was pregnant. Ofcourse once i found out i didn't even go near alcohol or even soda, but i felt so bad an guilty. Thankfully my baby boy is 9 month now and has been in great health! But i was really scared...and i will definitely not drink during my next pregnancy ever, and i actually hardly ever drink now period.
JLew1982 JLew1982 9 years
Why risk it? Alcohol is not that important.
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
I drank wine in the last month of my pregnancy. My doctor told me my daughter was done cooking and she was just getting bigger and that after the pregnancy I had that I SHOULD have a glass of wine. All i needed was a tiny little glass and it really hit the spot.
Jennifer777 Jennifer777 9 years
I don't think having an occasional glass of wine is going to cause a huge issue. By occassional I mean less than one glass a week and only after the first trimester. I attendeed a holiday party a week before I found out I was pregnant....I had 3 really strong rum and cokes...oy!!!
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
I drank a few before I knew with my first child. I cried and worried, until my doctor told me the stressing over those couple drinks was more damaging than the drinks. With my other pregnancies I was WAY more careful.... I think weather to drink one glass of wine is a personal choice. All of the evidence points to one glass occasionally not doing harm, but I personally would never take that chance.....
lafaveandrea lafaveandrea 9 years
I didn't drink while pregnant because I couldn't live with myself if something were wrong with the baby. I would always wonder if it was that drink that I had had.
bealotus bealotus 9 years
No, I was 21, I wasn't a drinker back then. And in my future pregnancies I don't plan on drinking.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
An occasional sip of wine here and there. I can't finish a whole glass because I feel guilty.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I said other - because I did not drink when I KNEW I was pregnant - I found out I was pregnant on December 26th a few years back and I really didn't think I was pregnant before the lines showed up on the test as positive. So needless to say I had enduldged in a holiday cocktail or two before we knew. Our baby is healthy but I was freaking out the whole time I was pregnant wondering if there was any effect on the baby.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
No, I mean I understand some woman find it hard to refrain but I'm not a drinker so it wasn't an issue thankfully :)
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
I had a small amount late in the third trimester... and it relaxed me and was worth every drop.
fjaril fjaril 9 years
My doctor said that in the 3rd trimester they relax the restrictions a bit so I had half a glass of champagne on New Years. I did feel bad and confessed to the doctor and she said giving up the diet soda/drinks was more important that the little bit of champagne I had and I shouldn't feel bad about it.
mbuschko mbuschko 9 years
I had a couple glasses of wine near the end of my pregnancy, 7 yrs later my daughter is perfectly fine. Now pregnant again I don't plan on drinking anything at all.
LadyL LadyL 9 years
When pregnant with my daughter I had the occasional glass of (red) wine. When pregnant with my son I had just a couple of glasses in total. I just didn't feel like it. But I did long for tasty, cold beer during the hot summer months both times!
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I had the occasional glass of wine.
abqmama abqmama 9 years
I don't drink so it wasn't an issue during my last pregnancy but during my first, I had quite a few drinks at a wedding (ok, I got drunk!) before I found out I was pregnant and I spent the next 6 months worrying that I had seriously hurt my baby. He was perfectly fine, but I wouldn't drink at all during pregnancy just to make sure. It's only 9 months but the damage could potentialy last your child a lifetime.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
I don't think having a glass of wine during the 3rd trimester or a beer or sip of champagne once would hurt, but drinking every day or even a couple times a week I am sure could be detrimental. I did not drink while pregnant and would not drink if I get pregnant again.
techkim techkim 9 years
I don't drink and don't even drink soda of any kind.
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