|View Poll Results: Alcohol while pregnant???|
|I have/do drink sometimes while I am pregnant||84||44.68%|
|I have before, but I will never do it again||5||2.66%|
|I have not but its no big deal if it's just a little||45||23.94%|
|I have not, I think you should stay AWAY from alcohol while your pregnant||54||28.72%|
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But, with the exception of one drink, once in the thrid trimester or amounts so minute once or twice, I really think it is wrong to drink while pg.
We had a friend who I met in a moms group. Based on my training, I felt their daughter had signs of fetal alcohol posioning. Another mom brought up drinking whil pg once and this mom chimed in that it was okay and she had regularly had three beers in one night throughout her pregnancy and look how great her daughter turned out! I felt sick.
Megan Davidson, Labor & Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Anthropologist, Mom to August (9) and Clay (4), Partner to Shawn.
Ultimately I don't believe that even a glass of wine (or similar) on occasion is harmful, but I'm not much of a drinker, so a sip here or there has been plenty for me.
I have had some non-alcoholic beers though (which are "less than .5% alcohol by volume ). Then again, I am sure the sauerkraut and kefir I eat/drink is at least that!
This time I won't drink, for that reason, although I would have a glass while in labor if recommeded by MW.
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A nice glass of wine during labor can really help a mama calm and center herself for the work ahead.
I have had a half a glass of wine a few days after I found out I was pg (4th of July) and a sip of a mixed drink for my birthday in Oct. (I ordered virgin for myself). I had a few sips of dh's beer last week while making dinner (mmm, the first sip right out of the fridge is yummy but after that it just tastes nasty). I think that's it. I didn't have any on New Years - had chocolate instead
Originally Posted by ChelseaG
Here is a link to the study in NYT - in case anyone is interested.
My sister asked her Dr about drinking while pregnant and he told her that it was fine, and that as long as she didn't feel tipsy, then the baby didn't feel it, either. She lives in Montreal, though, and her OB is the head of OB-GYN at the medical school there - he's very 'old-school' and has seen it all over the past 50 years, or so :
I certainly wouldn't suggest drinking heavily, or on a daily basis while pregnant, but I really think the American "pregnancy fear" mentality has gotten out of control. The lists of foods/drinks that you can or can't have while pregnant is crazy IMO. Other countries seem to be much more laid back about wine, olives, feta, raw milk, raw fish, etc...and they still "score" better than the US in terms of infant/mother health.
I think this country needs to focus more on creating a healthy and nurturing relationship with food/drink for everyone over their entire lifespan instead of just encouraging pregnant women to feel like they are somehow "at risk" or "especially delicate" simply because they are pregnant.
But that's me
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I think wine and beer are probably more natural than if one was to eat a big mac, loaded with trans fats and a whole lot of crap that, IMO, would be much more harmful than a small glass of wine. It's too bad this country adds sulfates to our wine to preserve shelf life, but if you can get a clean, unprocessed, organic wine with no sulfates, a small glass would probably be safe.
I'm serious about the quality of food people eat in this country. If you lean organic, eat fruits, veggies and stay away from fast food, processed food etc, and have a glass of wine or two, I bet you would be in much better health and safer for baby than if you ate crappy, processed food day in and day out.
There are many other things that are more harmful to a fetus than small amounts of alcohol - yet alcohol seems to be the one thing that people get most worked up about.
It is relatively acceptable socially for one to get up on a high horse about alcohol-related issues, and that includes any and all imbibing during pregnancy (no matter how minimal).
In this society, a mother that drinks the occasional beer or glass of wine during pregnancy is seen as having no control or no care for her unborn child, while a mother that eats at McDonalds is just having an occasional indulgent snack.
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