Originally Posted by RhianaW14
I want to know who the people are who subject their pregnancies to become a part of these studies to see how many drinks are "OK" to have and how many will lead to FAS. Because if that sort of research hasn't been done, then there is no way I am going to drink during my pregnancy and put my baby at risk.
If I can't wait 9 mos to have a drink of wine, then I would have to worry about myself. lol
I can drink, and I do, when not pregnant, and I have no problems quitting cold turkey when I am pregnant. I owe it to the baby to not pump alcohol into my body. It reaches the baby. I wouldn't just put some wine into a baby bottle and give it to her, so why do it now?
Is there proof that it IS damaging to have 1 glass? What about, is there proof that it ISN'T?
ETA from the March of Dimes website:http://www.marchofdimes.com/professi...14332_1170.asp
I don't think there are actual studies... but you can look at cultures where drinking, pregnant or otherwise, is more the norm - ie wine with dinner is just what you do - and say, well, they don't have these rates of FAS that we worry about. It's not like they take a bunch of pregnant women and say OK you're going to have 14 beers a week and you're going to have 6 and you're going to have none.
Much of what we know about pregnancy is drinking is self reported. The "there is no safe amount, FAS can happen with fewer than 7 drinks a week" could be partly not wanting to give the go-ahead and then get sued for bad advice - but it could also be, you know, a lot of women aren't going to admit to drinking while pregnant. SO a woman has a FAS baby, maybe she says "But I only had 2 drinks!" - maybe she's telling the truth, maybe she isn't.
I personally don't think a few drinks will hurt, especially past the first trimester. But that said, I also never drank while pregnant just because, well, I didn't NEED to... I am a social drinker, I like a few beers, like 2 or 3, I like a buzz. I don't "enjoy" a glass of wine with dinner because I think wine is foul. Since being pregnant is enough of a buzz... well...