Originally Posted by bass chick
Jeepers creepers....I had no idea that so many people thought even a drop of alcohol during pregnancy was safe. Shows what I know!!
I was even afraid to put a tsp. of vanilla in some whipping cream I had made a couple months back because listed in the ingredients was "alcohol". Am I anal or what? Maybe I should relax a bit and enjoy my vanilla flavored whipping cream.
If it helps calm your fears, consider that the bacteria in your GI tract are producing alcohol on a daily basis! I've heard figures like approximately one beer's worth of ethanol per day. It's not insta-poison, not by a long shot.
I'm a better safe than sorry type too, but with the above information, I haven't hesitated to have an occasional small sip of DH's beer or wine. If I were you I'd enjoy your tiny drop of vanilla extract.
However, again -- it's all up to YOUR comfort level.
For what it's worth, my husband is a doctor, he's a worry-wart who is just starting to come around to letting me have POTATOES of all things, but he's the one who first offered me a sip of his Chocolate Stout early in the first tri -- to "see what I was missing out on".