I have never been much of a beer drinker. Not much of a drinker at all. I will have the occasional beer if I go out to a concert or if I am at a restaurant (usually with steak or barbecue) but usually a wine drinker and of course, girly drinks... and I NEVER crave alcohol.
But lately I have wanted a beer so bad I cant stand it. When I think about it my salavary glands ache and my mouth waters (I know that you know the feeling I am talking about)
does anyone else have this craving? I know there is debate on whether or not it is safe to indulge once in a while. I know that beer is much safer than diet soda but a lot of women drink that like its water. So should I feel bad for craving? Should I feel bad that I am actually considering cracking open a nice frosty bottle of beer and enjoying (probably only a few sips. Im a lightweight when Im not PG and I am notoriously infamous for "dead soldiering" or wasting most of a beer) and I dont by any means want to get drunk or even buzzed. Its not about the alcohol. Its about the fact that I want the experience (taste, mouth feel, smell, sound) of a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, a Guiness, a Harpoon Cider or a nice artisan micro brew.
I have to taste wine every day for work, but I usually spit it out while I'm working anyways. I had talked to a good friend who is an OB-Gyn about this very early on, and he said that even in my first trimester, the tasting and spitting was fine. And that in my second and third trimesters, a little sipping is fine as well.
I sympathize with those beer cravings. I crave them a lot more than I crave wine these days. I've been satisfying mine with a non-alcoholic beer every once in a while. some of them are really bad, but I've found a few that I like... Bitburger Drive is one of my current faves. I don't see why you can't have a few sips of normal beer now and then, either. Maybe stick to those that are lower in alcohol, if you're concerned about that. If you're like me, a few sips will be enough to satisfy those cravings.
I do also want to point out that the "no-amount-is-safe" orthodoxy is a very American view point. America has always had a strange relationship with alcohol, just look at our drinking age compared to that of other countries in the world and our high rate of alcoholism. Oh and don't even get me started on prohibition. In those countries where wine and beer are treasured and historical parts of their culture, pregnant women often continue to drink in moderation with meals throughout their pregnancy.
I looked at her, and calmly replied, "Yes, I drank a sip of wine. Which will not hurt my baby. Do you really think I would knowingly do anything to harm my unborn child?"
But I actually wanted to walk across the room and punch her.
Im a bartender and i have ALOT of regulars who come in with they're husbands and last to a certain point and then the cravings start...its usually when they want a wine spritzer made with about a half an ounce of white wine and a ton of gingerale LOL, they have one andthey are done! LOL.
With ds...I lasted until about two weeks b4 he was born, had about 4 sips of beer and realized i would get drunk off a can of beer if i kept drinking LOL
I usually have a sip or two of my husband's when he has one. That seems to satisfy my craving for now, but like others said, I'd have no qualms about drinking an entire beer (but I'd drink it slowly). Hey, Guinness is supposed to be really good for pregnant women -- it not only has B vitamins but lots of iron, too!
Now that I'm close to my third trimester, I'll have half a beer or half a glass of wine with a meal maybe once or twice a week. Beer especially tastes good! If my husband and I go out to eat, we'll usually share a glass of something. We've found a few wine bars and breweries around here that serve half-glasses or tasters, so sometimes I'll order one of those.
Beer sounds so good. I just finished a dinner of beef stew and I'm having my glass of milk. But beer sounds so much better!!!
Interesting about the b vitamins and iron!
That, and more, can be found at this link: http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/Fet...yndrome.html#6
A large study examined 400,000 women in the U.S., all of whom had consumed alcohol during pregnancy. Not a single case of fetal alcohol syndrome occurred and no adverse effects on children were found when consumption was under 8.5 drinks per week.
I've also had cravings for wheat beer. Granted, I've only had a couple of drinks since getting pregnant... but I'm mostly avoiding alcohol for dietary reasons (I don't need the empty calories), not because I think OMG A GLASS OF WINE IS GOING TO KILL MAH BABY!
The Europeans must think we're reaaaally nuts on this one.
EDIT: Now I'm REALLY craving a Sam Adams! I'd have one but I already overdid it on Mexican food tonight and think the heartburn might kill me...
Sadly I haven't had any cravings like that, just for sweets.
great. now i have a craving.
So I had beer. about a third of an Amstel light. I started with a sip of Sam Adams and it tasted TERRIBLE... so I tried the Amstel. It was GREAT! It wasnt quite what I was craving but it hit the spot. And I finally slept through the night. It didnt buzz me or anything. I dont know if the beer had anything to do with it but I slept through the whole night and woke up feeling great.
Thanks for the moral support!
I had some wine recently, and it tasted AWESOME. I had a total of maybe half a glass (the way you're supposed to pour a glass, not full-to-the-brim), and I felt like it knocked me loopy -- but WOW it was good.
You guys have convinced me not to feel guilty if I take a sip off of dh's beer-
BUT, I love red wine (and champagne and dessert wines)! I've had a half to a full glass with dinner on probably 6 occasions since 14 weeks. I definitely subscribe to the European point of view on this! To each her own, but I prefer to occasionally indulge in delicious things like wine, raw cheese, chocolate, cupcakes, etc. It makes me happy and relaxed, which is good for the baby!
SAHM to DS Jan09, DD Mar11.
I agree that pumpkin ale sounds yummy, but over the summer I indulged in a bit of wheat, lemon beer. It was sooooooo good. Now with winter I want something a bit more hearty, and I'm totally considering bringing a Guinness (which I love!) to enjoy after delivery. YUM.
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