I'm allergic to certain foods. If I cut those out of my diet when pregnant AND cut out the "don't even think of" foods, my pregnancy diet would be so bland that I'd only be eating lamb, rice, tofu, apples, bananas and milk. That's it.
Since most of the foods I tested "allergic" to at age 12 I have never reacted to, I include those. Others, I don't go near because I can't get in my mouth (green beans, yellow beans, etc, olives, anything that comes from the sea that either has a shell or should). But, I can eat salmon, tuna and seaweed. And I love sushi too. Do I stop eating sushi because of the "risk" of food poisoning or parasites? Nope. Either I go to reputable restaurants and have all the salmon sushi I want or we make it ourselves buying the salmon that day. Tuna, I'm not too fond of when pregnant because it just doesn't taste right, but salmon appeases that part of me that is native.
Alcohol and being native, even as diluted of a metis as I am, raises red flags for CPS. After all, once the europeans gave the natives a taste of alcohol, they went nuts for the firewater (don't get me started as to what is really in firewater! it ain't just alcohol!). So, even saying that I have a shot of whiskey even this late in my pregnancy could get me in trouble with my social worker. But the risk was going into labour too soon (back before 36 weeks) or being exhausted and unable to labour effectively and end up with a transfer and a section. Gee.. I think I'll take the shot of whiskey if it'll let me sleep and regain energy for birthing day. Seems a lot safer to me than the anesthesia that would be involved with a cesarean for the baby, nevermind my own personal risks.
And if my social worker calls me on it, I have midwifery textbooks here that state that a shot of whiskey or a glass of wine, or beer, is a fine way to see if the labour is "real." After all, if it is "real" and not just prelabour/false labour/warm up labour a shot of whiskey won't stop it.
So, to me, the risks are acceptable.
I just wish I could have gotten "drunk" over the last shot I took last week. I ended up with a horrid hangover and not getting "drunk" in the first place made the hangover worse.