Originally Posted by loveandgarbage
I worked at a job that had me mostly on my feet when I was pregnant with DS1. I had no issues other than ridiculous feet and leg swelling. I actually stopped working at 38 weeks because it was so painful to stand/walk from all the water in my legs. But it was also a summer pregnancy and dude ended up being 12 lbs so I think that had a lot to do with it. Finding a place to sit for 20 minutes of every hour is a great idea!
Okay, good! At least that's one good data point.
I <3 delicious beer and wine. I typically drink 5-8 alcoholic drinks/week when not pregnant, mostly one drink with dinner, plus maybe an extra on weekends, so it was tough to give up at first.
The most recent study out of the UK showed that up to 5 drinks/week had no appreciable effect on kids' IQs. While I'm not personally comfortable with that, I decided that, if that's so, then 5 drinks over the whole pregnancy would be just fine. (I only felt comfortable starting after the first trimester.)
So I will have anywhere from 1/4-1/2 drink (say, an ounce or two of wine, or a few ounces of good beer) every 2-3 weeks. So far, at 28.5 weeks, I am up to 2.5 total alcoholic drinks. I "save" it for when we're out at a nice place, or just a place that serves good beer, etc. I don't buy alcohol to keep at home anymore. To each her own, though, I say. In addition to the clinical evidence, it doesn't make logical sense to me that just a little alcohol at a time, especially taken with food, would have any real effect. Alcohol occurs naturally in small amounts in so many things...
I am in long-term recovery for an eating disorder, though, and feeling "deprived" is a big trigger for me, so I felt it was better to "risk" having a couple ounces of beer/wine a couple times a month than to abstain 100% and possibly have that trigger even a small "binge" of 2-3 drinks or more because I felt "deprived." It's actually worked out quite well for me... Although I can say, I need to stay away from Anthony Bourdain! He makes me want a bottle of Chianti with a fine porter and brandy chaser!