Is it okay to have a glass of wine if i am 37 weeks pregnate?
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Siara - posted on 06/12/2010
The best metaanalysis of research on alcohol during pregnancy was conducted in Europe and the "fetal alcohol syndrome" was explained as follows: women who drink MORE than 5 drinks a day during the ENTIRE pregnancy have a deficiency of many vitamins and nutrients tha results in "fetal alcohol syndrome"--there are also babies born with this "diagnosis" whose mothers NEVER drank. Only in the lawsuit happy USA are doctors terrified to "recommend" alcohol--bottom line, if you drink a beer or one glass of wine you should be fine. The first trimester is the most vulnerable time for the fetus and you're almost done; the baby is mostly just gaining weight at this point....hope that helps : )
Nash - posted on 07/21/2011
At 37 weeks your baby is already fully developed and at this point just gaining his/her little baby chub. A glass is NOT going to hurt. No matter what others say it is always your call, but having a glass of wine here and there is not going to effect your baby. (don't forget "we were born to mothers who smoked and drank!")
Adele - posted on 07/26/2011
I was traveling to Europe during both of my pregnancies. In Europe it is customary to have wine. Here in the US there is a fear factor about having a drop of alcohol and that if you drink a glass that you open yourself up to all these risks. My mental balance was that they have been having babies for many more centuries then us here in the US and they dont all seem like they are retarded or any different then us. So I did have wine here and there (when my stomach was up for it)
It is up to you, and like one person said below, be prepared for people to gasp at your decision. I have two healthy children who are full of life and in no way affected by what my choice was.
Ann - posted on 06/18/2010
My obstitrition advised that one glass won't hurt, but what you have to remember is everything that goes in your mouth with go through your child. It is a personl choice so you do what you are comfortable doing. Myself - didn't drink whilst prego and won't drink until I have finished feeding my little one. People that will judge should all just mind their own business. It is your choice honey.... Good luck.
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Kristin - posted on 05/08/2013
I just called and asked my doctor now I am 35 weeks along so he said the baby is fully developed. he said there is no exact "safe amount" for pregnant woman however one glass of wine isn't going to hurt he said. if however the baby hasn't been deemed fully developed I would stay away just to be safe.
Addie - posted on 07/26/2011
What does your doctor say? Shouldn't you be asking that person? Remember, they now know that the placenta DOES NOT filter harmfulm foods or liquids ingested by the mother from being passed on to the baby. Would you feed alcohol to your baby if it was born at 37 weeks?
Allyson - posted on 06/19/2010
No no no no drinking, you wouldnt give a child a glass of wine that was standing in front of you so why would you give a glass of wine to a bub just because its in your tummy. Same with smoking you wouldnt give a bub a smoke if it was in your arms. Have some self control and think about the bub its a real person inside of you.
Lisa - posted on 06/19/2010
yes i had the odd glass of wine, even though doctors don't recommen alcohol during pregnancy, my midwifes did say if you have a glass, drink it slowly and just have the one... even when i went to a breastfeeding meeting they said the same, if you wont a glass of wine when you are feeding, wait until you feed your baby then have a small glass, by the time the next feed comes around the alcohol should nearly be out of your system...
Kelly - posted on 06/19/2010
if you want one go for it.. at 37weeks it isnt going to affect the baby now is it.
You will always get the yes and no from everyone else so go with your gutt... i have 2 mid strenght beers int eh fridge which my hubby is happy for me to drink at 39weeks but i just feel wrong having one so im not.
You wont beable to drink at all while BF'ing at the beginning so if you really want one have it now before baby comes as then you will have to wait longer for another.
Felicia - posted on 06/17/2010
I had a few sips of wine at my brothers wedding in Napa and my baby is perfectly healthy. But to each his own...
My sister-in-law is a wine fanatic and she had several glasses of red wine throughout her pregnancy and my neice and nephew are perfect little angels.
Again, You are the one who ultimately has to live with the consequences!
Good Luck! :)
Sandy - posted on 06/17/2010
have you seen an infant born with fetal alcohol syndrome? have you taken care of an infant or child with fetal alcohol syndrome? Believe me, it's not worth the risk. I care more for my childs health than to have a drink anytime during pregnancy.
My grandma was iron deficient during her pregnancies and every night she had one half pint of stout (aka very dark beer) to help give her that iron. She never understood the whole No drinking thing because her Doctor told her to do it. None of her kids had any problems when they were born.
Strange how times change. So much pressure on the whole drinking thing these days. Where is the voice of moderation?
Ardia - posted on 06/17/2010
hi, i am 34weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and i hav probably had 4 drinks all up this pregnancy (probably about the same last pregnancy) i know that they now say no amount is safe and i can understand how alcohol can cause major damage, but i as nearly all mothers would never intentionaly put my baby in danger, i have only drank when there is a special occasion/ event and never in excess eg: my wedding and i really enjoyed having my one wine! i think if you are comfortable within yourself and around others to have a drink then go for it, but if your not well theres plenty of time to have a few after bubs is born.
Why would you want to risk it - you are 37 weeks at most you have a month to wait for a drink (if you are not going to BF). My opinion is if you cannot go 9 months without having a drink you have a problem - this is for the health of your baby as a mother that should be your priority. I am sorry if this sounds harsh but it is my opinion.
Lori - posted on 06/16/2010
If you've waited this long, why would you want to drink 3 weeks before your due date? I'm sure, you can wait a little while longer. I mean why take the chance on something happening. If you want to be a parent, it's time to grow up and start acting like one. I'm honestly shocked at the amount of responses telling you it's okay to drink! Face it, statistics show that no amount of alchohol is safe when your pregnant. I really have to question why you are looking for us to justify the safety in it. Time to take responsibility for your own actions! If you drink and something happens, you have nobody to blame but yourself!!! This one should be a no brainer.
Anna - posted on 06/16/2010
I've never heard that it was ok to drink at all during your pregnacy but it's you're choice. I would ask your dr and see what they think is the safest for you. Every pregancy different and every doctor is different. I personally, wouldn't.
Nichola - posted on 06/16/2010
i think you are very brave asking such a question !! Its upto you, your body your baby. You are at the end of your pregnany, and one glass of wine Really isn't going to hurt, i can't believe the other women on here saying if something happened how could you live with yourself....its a glass of wine at the end of a pregnancy.....much like the c02 emmisions you breath in everyday.....which would be more harmful than a glass of wine!!
Adele - posted on 06/16/2010
During both of my pregnancies I traveled to Europe many times. The ladies I had the pleasure of working with had commented during meals that a glass of wine was good for the baby.
While I did not nor would I ever have drank excessively, I did take into consideration that it is customary in their culture to have wine with a meal and they have been having children for 1000's of years and they all look and function normally that they must know something.
I have two very healthy children as a result so I say go ahead.
Amy - posted on 06/15/2010
Speaking as the mother of a stillborn child, it's best, IMO, to do everything reasonably possible to ensure the best possible health for your baby - if only so that if the worst possible outcome does come to pass, you aren't wracked with guilt over every little thing you might have done to cause it. That means not drinking, as there's no established safe limit for drinking during pregnancy.
I'm never sure why mothers are seemingly blase about alcohol during pregnancy but up-in-arms about alcohol consumed while breastfeeding - the amount the baby receives is considerably less through milk.
Amanda - posted on 06/15/2010
ok, there are plenty of other things that have Iron in it, so dont use that one as an excuse to have some. Im sure theres millions of women who've had some & their babies turn out just fine & dandy, but really, why risk it? Unless that wine is imported from Heaven and tastes like a million bucks, i think u can hold out just another few weeks. Ur babys brain & body IS still developing & will be even outside the womb, so I dont think its safe @ any stage
im 38 wks & was completely disgusted when my step mom offered me a Jello shot & said i'd be fine to have one or two, this weekend. uhhh no thanks
Lyndsay - posted on 06/15/2010
Honestly, I don't think ONE glass that far along will harm your baby. BUT! You never know. There has been research done but they really don't know what amount of alcohol is safe, thats why they recommend none. To be on the safe side.
Tammy - posted on 06/15/2010
The medical community states no never none. Howeve my obgyn told me to go home take a warm bath and have a glass of wine by week 38 and then go to bed and get some sleep. This is after weeks of no or little sleep as I had an infant at home. My little ones are 50 weeks apart so she was trying to get me some sleep before the new little one arrived...
I did not listen to her though
Tracy - posted on 06/15/2010
I would say since you are asking this question on a public forum you are concerned about what others think about the subject of drinking while pregnant...with that said, you will have more people criticize than applaud. The bottom line is it is your baby and your body...doubt you would do any harm to your child at this stage in pregnancy with only one small glass of wine, but what if your child should be born with any issues, no matter how minor? Will you blame the wine? Will you blame yourself? Will others blame you? Like I said, it appears you are self concious or you would not have chose this forum to ask your question....undoubtly if others see or hear of you taking the SIP they will assume you have done it more than once...You only have a couple of weeks left to go, save that bottle of chardonnay to celebrate the birth of your happy healthy baby!!! Just my opinion...
Momof1 - posted on 06/15/2010
I don't think that one glass of wine this late in your pregnancy is going to be harmful, but you should probably research it a little more, so you can make an informed decision. I did not drink at all after I found out I was pregnant. Unfortunately I found out I was pregnant 2 months in, and I was drinking those two months, not every day, but at least once a week, and especially when my husband and I were on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Thankfully nothing turned out to be wrong with my son. I was so scared, because I know the first trimester is the most important. My doctors kept telling me not to worry, but I kept worrying and I asked them to do an in depth ultrasound on me, when I was 20 weeks. So you just have to decide what you think is best for you and your baby.
Johnny - posted on 06/14/2010
My midwife and my OB both recommended having a glass of wine to settle myself during my braxton hicks contractions that started around 36 weeks. There is little evidence that 1 drink very occasionally in the later stages of pregnancy will do any harm. The biggest risks are moms who are drinking regularly before they realize that they are pregnant.
Amanda - posted on 06/14/2010
I dont think a glass occassionally will hurt. I didn't with my first but I did have a few with my second (I didn't find out I was pregnant til 18 weeks so it was in the very early stages when I had a drink) and she was fine. It's a personal choice and you have to do what you feel is right for you and your baby.
Since they really do not know how much and when is too much alcohol when pregnant, I wouldn't risk it. It's not like they can do experiments to determine how much is too much and when one should stop drinking alcohol when pregnant.
I honestly don't think a single glass would do any harm, but I am not a doctor.
In the end, go with your gut and if you do choose to have the glass only have exactly that.
I don't think a glass of wine on occasion has any harmful effect on a pregnancy. I have 4 children who are all healthy. I drank wine during my last trimester with my first 3, no problems. I didn't with my last baby and I had clotting in my placenta and my son was less than 5 pounds. Wine helps with blood flow from what I've been told.
Becky - posted on 06/13/2010
From what I have heard, from an expert in the field, the effect of alcohol on a fetus depends largely on how the mother's body metabolizes alcohol. This is why they say that there is no "safe" amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, because every woman metabolizes the alcohol differently and so the amount that would be safe is different for everyone.
Chances are, one glass of wine would not hurt your baby, but I'm in the "why risk it" camp. You've only got about 3 weeks to go before you give birth and are free to drink if you want to. (not that I feel a new mom should be getting hammered of course!)
Most of the development has already happened at this stage, but the brain, lungs and digestive system continue maturing right up to birth, so damage could still occur.
Sharon - posted on 06/13/2010
my OBGYN said it was fine. I wasn't partial to red wine but I did enjoy half of a winecooler.
You need to speak with your OBGYN before doing anything. I don't drink often but now & then I just want the burn & flavor of my favorite drinks.
Bethany - posted on 06/13/2010
That is between you and your doctor. It is also a personal decision, and you should not let others make you feel bad for asking a simple question. We are all mothers on here, why would some take this as an opportunity to attack each other and force their opinions upon others with nasty comments?
I ahve 2 children and am currently 36 weeks pregnant. i have not drank any alcohol. With my 1st i was craving beer and one time i had a sip and had to stop cause i just wanted to finish the whole thing and i never had any after that.
I know plenty of women who have the occasional drink while pregnant but it's just not for me. I personally can't wait til this baby is born as i do like to have a glass of wine ( only one sort i will drink so i allow myself) even though i BF i will be enjoying that glass when bubs is here!
Ivy - posted on 06/13/2010
When I was craving ale really bad, I had a sip of my husband ale shandy (ale with lemonade, which is like 7Up). That helped and I did it twice while I was pregnant. I had one Mike's Hard Lemonade before I took my pregnancy test. I was 3 or 4 weeks at the time and it was 2 days after I had the Mike's. I didn't really crave alcohol, just the taste of ale. If you do want some, I would say try having a sip of your partners to see if that will satisfy you. Then you will know that you don't want a whole glass. Otherwise, you may only have 3 more weeks before your baby is delivered. It is really up to you though.
Julia - posted on 06/13/2010
I don't see why you would risk it. Is one glass of wine really worth it if you don't really know the outcome. I always stayed away from alcohol while pregnant and nursing, I guess I figured I didn't need a drink that badly.
Andrea - posted on 06/13/2010
It's good that the moms on here that have had wine during their pregnancies have had healthy children, however, if something did happen to your baby, would you want to live with the guilt of wondering if it was the alcohol that caused it? Like another mother said, why risk it?
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