is it ok to have 2 units of alcohol a week when pregnant?

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Amanda - posted on 07/18/2009

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40 years ago the incidence of miscarriage, still birth, and birth defects were much higher. If it took me a year to conceive I would want to do everything in my power to make sure that this baby had as much of a fighting chance as possible. All of the guidelines out there about what to eat or drink or do while pregnant are out there to protect you and to protect the baby. If you choose to drink while pregnant, that is your decision, but it is possible to quit drinking. As a mother you are going to sacrifice SO much for your new baby in order to make sure that it is safe and healthy. I used to drink all the time. And I was able to quit cold turkey and never look back because of my baby. There are many, MANY other ways to relax and socialize that are healthy for you and your baby. All in all, two years is not that long to go without consuming alcohol. Ultimately, not drinking any ever would be best for you and your family, but it is your decision. I know that my parents' decision to drink during my childhood has horribly affected my life still to this day. There is nothing beneficial about alcohol that you cannot get in another, safer, healthier way.

Ashley - posted on 07/18/2009

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i'm sorry but if you are going to complain that you have to wait a long time to drink because you are pregnant then thats some serious issues. i was told not to drink anything at all while pregnant because they dont know how much can actually harm a baby. what you eat while you are pregnant is one thing but drinking alcohol is another. women who smoke even one smoke a day get looked down on and told they shouldnt have babies if they cant kick the habit so why is it diff for someone to have a drink? i was a weekend drinker before i got pregnant. at the bar every fri and sat night and the day that pregnancy test came out positive i didnt touch a drink. ya i liked to relax and socialise with a few drinks as well but when you are pregnant i'm sorry it's just wrong. if you absolutely NEED that drink even if it's one a night then that is an addiction.

Abigail - posted on 07/18/2009

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I wouldn't drink at all. The risks are too high and I don't think that putting your baby in danger is a very wise move.

Sean - posted on 07/19/2009

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the benefits are not in the alcohol they are actually in the barley of some beers and the grapes in the red wine. you can get the same benefits from consuming real grape juice or other foods. why take the risk if we cant say for sure what could happen. and 2 units a week is a lot of boose. if a woman consumed 2 units a week for the entire pregnancy it adds up to 80 drinks give or take! can you imagine the alcohol of 80 glasses of wine traveling through your placenta and your baby ingesting it. its gross and sad to think about.
I am not one to judge people but this is really a sensitive topic. 2 drinks a week is excessive not moderation. I dont think the baby would be harmed if you had say 1 or 2 celebratory drinks during the end of your last trimester, say in the early stages of labor. I wouldn't even do that but I think if someone MUST drink that it should be very late in pregnancy.
Honestly if a woman is not able to abstain for the short time they should than they should probably hold off on the baby making and seek some help from alanon because if someone NEEDS a drink they have a drinking problem.

Amanda - posted on 07/18/2009

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I would suggest consulting other sources. That study was only published recently and hasn't had very much time to be challenged. I merely skimmed the article, but it didn't seem to be very reliable to me. But, I did see a phrase in there that said
"Just because three-year-old children appear to be unharmed by their mothers' light drinking, that does not necessarily rule out any damage later on, she said. UCL is now assessing the impact on the same children at the age of five. It will also look at whether it made any difference whether the woman drank early or late in pregnancy. The Department of Health reiterated its position that pregnant women should not drink. "Pregnant women or women trying to conceive should avoid drinking alcohol"
I really wouldn't risk it. Your baby deserves the best chance it can get. Alcohol still has a lot of risks and it hasn't been proven if there are any benefits after the age of 3. There is tons of research that shows just how harmful alcohol can be. There are a lot of things you can do for your baby to help them while you're pregnant, but drinking is not one of them.

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Nicole - posted on 07/22/2009

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I would say better safe than sorry. Going nine months of drinking water is really not that hard if you want a healthy happy baby.

Abby - posted on 07/22/2009

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i think you really shouldn't have any at all because they are so little and there bodies are not fully developed thats why there is a legal drinking age because teens or tweens bodies can't handle alcohol like older people who are fully developed

Mandi - posted on 07/22/2009

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I do not believe that drinking while trying to conceive is a problem. Drinking a glass of wine occasionally while pregnant isn't really a big deal to me either. For someone that has a "problem" not drinking while TTC and for that 9 months, maybe they should seek some help because that does not sound healthy to me. Like I said already.. occasionaly glass of wine is cool.. no hard alcohol though. And you should definitely never get even the slightest buzz. When a person is TTC or finds out they are pregnant, in most cases they are excited and I would think the LAST thing on their mind is oh shit now I can't drink.. gotta find some stupid excuse to be able to do it and justify it. Until today I have never heard anything about even light drinking being good or even okay during pregnancy. If that were true then every other place you go in the world wouldnt be constantly drilling you not to drink during pregnancy. Do some research... talk to a real doctor. You can't believe everything you read online or in some article.

Jodie - posted on 07/21/2009

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i don't think drinking alcohol while pregnant is worth the risk to your baby...i wouldnt care if my doctor told me it was okay... i know it isn't! there are alot more articles about it harming your child than not. that should tell you something. but i do beleive you can do everything by the book and something still happen to your baby. and ive seen people drink and do drugs thier entire pregnancy and their baby be perfect. It's all in God's hands. But if you want my honest opinion...it's not worth the risk.

Heather - posted on 07/21/2009

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Im in the medical field and knowing wat I hae been taught and seeing things I wouldnt even take the chance. Are there studies out there going in both directions yes and are children born healthy yes but look at what happens when mothers drink even in smal moderations and that child has o live like that for the rest of their lives and it was never their choice??!! Just a thought personally i never drank and I hope everyone regardless has a happy and healthy baby :)

Mandi - posted on 07/21/2009

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I do not believe that drinking while trying to conceive is a problem. Drinking a glass of wine occasionally while pregnant isn't really a big deal to me either. For someone that has a "problem" not drinking while TTC and for that 9 months, maybe they should seek some help because that does not sound healthy to me. Like I said already.. occasionaly glass of wine is cool.. no hard alcohol though. And you should definitely never get even the slightest buzz. When a person is TTC or finds out they are pregnant, in most cases they are excited and I would think the LAST thing on their mind is oh shit now I can't drink.. gotta find some stupid excuse to be able to do it and justify it. Until today I have never heard anything about even light drinking being good or even okay during pregnancy. If that were true then every other place you go in the world wouldnt be constantly drilling you not to drink during pregnancy. Do some research... talk to a real doctor. You can't believe everything you read online or in some article.

Mandi - posted on 07/21/2009

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I do not believe that drinking while trying to conceive is a problem. Drinking a glass of wine occasionally while pregnant isn't really a big deal to me either. For someone that has a "problem" not drinking while TTC and for that 9 months, maybe they should seek some help because that does not sound healthy to me. Like I said already.. occasionaly glass of wine is cool.. no hard alcohol though. And you should definitely never get even the slightest buzz. When a person is TTC or finds out they are pregnant, in most cases they are excited and I would think the LAST thing on their mind is oh shit now I can't drink.. gotta find some stupid excuse to be able to do it and justify it. Until today I have never heard anything about even light drinking being good or even okay during pregnancy. If that were true then every other place you go in the world wouldnt be constantly drilling you not to drink during pregnancy. Do some research... talk to a real doctor. You can't believe everything you read online or in some article.

Mandi - posted on 07/21/2009

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I do not believe that drinking while trying to conceive is a problem. Drinking a glass of wine occasionally while pregnant isn't really a big deal to me either. For someone that has a "problem" not drinking while TTC and for that 9 months, maybe they should seek some help because that does not sound healthy to me. Like I said already.. occasionaly glass of wine is cool.. no hard alcohol though. And you should definitely never get even the slightest buzz. When a person is TTC or finds out they are pregnant, in most cases they are excited and I would think the LAST thing on their mind is oh shit now I can't drink.. gotta find some stupid excuse to be able to do it and justify it. Until today I have never heard anything about even light drinking being good or even okay during pregnancy. If that were true then every other place you go in the world wouldnt be constantly drilling you not to drink during pregnancy. Do some research... talk to a real doctor. You can't believe everything you read online or in some article.

Terri - posted on 07/21/2009

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My honest opinion is, why risk it? I mean, it's possible that you could have a few and have no detrimental side effects.....but since we don't know for sure that you won't have any side effects, and we do know that drinking NO alcohol is good for both you and the fetus.... I didn't drink at all when I was pregnant, and like a lot of ppl, before I was pregnant, I partied. But my theory was, alcohol is bad enough for my liver....I can't begin to imagine how bad it would be to an unborn childs liver.

Angel - posted on 07/21/2009

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I had a couple of sips of alcohol during my pregnancies and both my children are fine. Studies have shown that wine is good in moderation during pregnancy, especially red wine. Of course, moderation isn't exactly a technical term. I would assume that 2-4oz of wine a week would be considered "moderate." Although I do not condone drinking continuously throughout any pregnancy since babies and pregnancies are all very different.

Susan - posted on 07/21/2009

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Well, I have a text book that states any alcohol consumption is detrimental and you run the risk of causing fetal alcohol syndrome.
I know that many people say it is okay. But is it worth the risk?

Mary - posted on 07/21/2009

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Why would you risk your child's health and life just so you can have a few drinks? "Proven good" or not, I don't think it's worth it.

Crystal - posted on 07/21/2009

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I am not trying to be ugly, but why would you do anything that could possible endanger your unborn child's safety. I wouldn't personally take any chances. What is good for one may not be good for another. What went well the first time may present you and your body with a different effect this time. Unless it is required by your physician, I wouldn't do it. Think of the possible effects it could have on your baby.

Allison - posted on 07/21/2009

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I would not drink at all when i was pregnant. It can cause major birth defects!!!!

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Post a reply! (carrie is looking for honest debate)
aye i mean well, they said a beer here and there or even a glass of wine is okay but i was and i am truthfully quite skepital of it only because if alcohol has such a preverse and intense effect on us then wouldn't it do the same for our child, yes it's not a big comsuption but it's still alcohol, so all in all i would say not not good for a woman preggers, not good at all but as adults we all make our own decisions......

Amy - posted on 07/21/2009

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well. i didnt drink at all while i was prego with my son. the thought never really crossed my mind. i just think its a judgement call. if you feel like you want to drink, that is your choice and really your the only person who can be held responsible for the side effects it may or may not have on your unborn child. i would just say not to drink. i think the benefit of not drinking while your pregnant is so much more worth then havin a beer. something to think about.

Holly - posted on 07/21/2009

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i don't know if everyone has read the infomation on drinking while pragnant but fetal alcohol syndrom happens quite often. with all the info we have today why would you risk it. if anything happened to your child would you not be increably guilty for your need to have a drink. 9 months is not that long i can give up my need to drink for the beautiful child i get at the end.

Danielle - posted on 07/21/2009

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Sorry- there is no cause or reason to get rude. Please tone it down, ladies. No one will listen to you if you're being mean.

That being said, I agree that you should be able to go to whatever events you want to go to and not feel like you have to drink to be included- especially, being pregnant, your friends should understand that! I hope they do, for your sake. But if they don't, maybe they really aren't that great of friends....I don't know.

But I'd just say, one positive study doesn't say much next to all the other negative studies. You never know how reliable those studies are anyway. But it has been proven that it can cause extreme risk in your child's health. Just because some kids happen to be a bit better in this study doesn't say much to me. There could be lots of other factors to that. It all comes down to how much you're willing to risk.

Ryan - posted on 07/21/2009

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i think you are freaking crazy to drink that much when you pregnant are you trying to make you baby retarded!!!!!

Tara - posted on 07/21/2009

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I say no... but my question really would be , WHY? why would you want to drink one beer or have one glass of wine... it doesnt make you feel any different unless you have a few anyway. I say dont give yourself anything that you wouldnt give your newborn directly. So if you wouldnt give your 3 day old baby 2 units of boos then why give them it in utero. I am certainly not judging I am just stating my opinion. There are many studies that show thing are good when they are not good. Thats why studies change and we evolve over the decades... I mean like my grandma thinks its crazy that a three yr old still needs to be in a carseat because her kids never had to be in one at all, and they are all fine.

Michelle - posted on 07/21/2009

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I would not have even a sip of alcohol when pregnant...I dont understand what the debate is about really. If not drinking is a big deal or the fact that even a little can cause problems...then you are in for a rude awakening because children require A LOT more sacrafices than simply not drinking for nine months. Any reasonable doctor or nurse is going to tell you not to do it, same with smoking...For me, I was not willing to take even a 1% chance that I could in any way damage my child's health

Kat - posted on 07/21/2009

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it depends on how you want your child to turn out. drinking when pregnant decreases the child's brain function. so they end up being slower that babies whose moms refrain from any kind of drug/alcohol/cigarette use. but a little bit doesn't usually effect physical development at all.

Christine - posted on 07/21/2009

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With everything we know today about how alcohol can affect an unborn child, is it really worth the risk?

The one gift you can give your child before they are born is a safe environment to grow, it is the safest they'll ever be. Plus how would you feel if something were to happen, becuase you wanted a drink?

Tiffany - posted on 07/21/2009

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There is truly nothing anyone could say to make me believe drinking while pregnant (or period) is good for you or the baby. As parents of our children we should give them every opportunity we can for a great head start in life! 9 months of not drinking and smoking is small sacrifice to ensure the safety our children, if something was to happen to your baby could you honestly be 100 % sure it was unrelated to drinking?

Laura - posted on 07/21/2009

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Honey, if you couldnt go to your friends Bday party bc you weren't drinking, that's a huge problem. When I was pregnant, I still went to weddings and parties. You shouldn't feel excluded bc you're pregnant...in fact, everyone embraced me, and I even got special treatment! ;) The only reason I wouldnt have gone to a party, is if people were smoking, fortunately, none of my friends smoke.
Instead of grabbing a beer, make a special blend of all "virgin" products (ie: sprite and cherry juice) just for the pregnant girls! You shouldn't have to drink to feel included with your friends..if that's the case, find new friends; PLEASE don't risk your child's health for your social life!!

Jackie - posted on 07/21/2009

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anything you put in your body while pregnat you baby will consume as well. The the question you should ask yourself is would you put it in your baby's bottle. if you would not feed it to a child you should be taking it while pregnate. I would not give my child any kind of alchol so i would not take it pregnate. They say wine is ok, but if it has even the slightest chance of hurting your baby is it worth it? When i decided to become a mother I new there we changes that would have to be made. we put our child's needs before ours by drinking while pregnate you have put your needs before there's.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/21/2009

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Speaking as someone who has worked with children with fetal alcohol syndrome among other developmental delays, there is no reason good enough to justify putting your child at risk for this type of life long disability. The research has not shown definitively how much alcohol consumption it takes to cause FAS so why take the risk. Your decisions have the biggest impact on your child's health and well being so make good ones!

Leanne - posted on 07/21/2009

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From what I read while I was pregnant "they" claim its ok to consume no more than 2 units of alcohol in one sitting, no more than 2 sittings in a week and no drinking more than 2 days/nights in a row. I also read in a brochure my GP gave me "if you have to drink-no more than 2 drinks a day and stick to wine or beer, NO SPIRITS" that seemed a bit much to me and I didn't agree but all info I read reccomended to avoid alcohol altogether. I personally had the occasional drink, maybe 4 or 5 throughout my whole pregnancy. Hope this helps :)

Charlene - posted on 07/21/2009

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i dont drink anything when im pregnant. it can effect your childs development i wouldnt chance it.

Jen - posted on 07/21/2009

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I would never drink while pregnant. My moto is...if you wouldn't give it to your baby after birth why would you give it to them during pregnancy.

Missia - posted on 07/21/2009

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i don't think that it's ok to drink alcohol when preagnant.but that's just what i think

Tracey - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi Carrie, how are you? My names Tracey I'm a single mum & I have a son aged 7 & a daughter who'll be 5 in August. I honestly believe that consuming alcohol is the worst thing any mother could give to the start of an unborn childs life, but hey thats my opinion. A doctors own opinion is not always the right one, I think Carrie you just have to look within yourself & think about whats best for a baby & you. We all know what any type of alcohol can do to a grown adult, imagine what it does to an unborn child. I hoped this has helped. Take care & all the best to you & your family...Tracey

Yvette - posted on 07/21/2009

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my family is from germany so our cultural views are very different. my mom drank when beer when she was pregnant with me and i came out fine. i have about 2 or 3 glasses of wine a week and the only person thats been shocked or had a complaint about it was an older friend of the family. like i said, we're from germany, cultural views are different.

Heather - posted on 07/20/2009

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I'm not a big drinker to start with however I wouldn't drink while i was expecting. It sounds to me that you are just tring to justify your drinking while expecting. I mean if you cant go 40 weeks with out a drink maybe your asking the wrong question. Maybe you should be asking do I have a drinking problem? I mean I'm just saying. You can go out with friends and still enjoy life while expecting you don't have to be a hermit but why drink?

Amanda - posted on 07/20/2009

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What you take in your baby gets also right? My question is this: Would it be okay for you to give a little alcohol here and there in your childs bottle or sipper. Just every now and then. It wouldnt even hurt them right? ITS THE SAME THING! I would never dream of giving my one year old a little beer in with his milk. They recieve what you put in your body! If I gave my son beer in little doses every now and then would it kill him? No. But its the dumbest thing I have EVER heard! You should NOT drink when you are pregnant. Being a parent means that you are going to put another lifes priorities ahead of your own. Someone else is depending on your good judgement to make decisions that they have no control over. If its only "a little bit" why cant you live without it for a few months. Have more self control than that, come on! Thats pretty weak!!

Bethie - posted on 07/20/2009

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i dont know about you but when i was pregnet just the smell of alcohol made me sick even looking at it was imposible so i dont know why you'd even want to plus do you really want your unborn baby drinking YES LETS START THAT HABIT EARLY. i mean god only knows what you'll have to deal with later and the addictions you child will have then, add alcohol to the mix.. sorry im really strong on alcohol probably because my brothers and alcoholic who hurt my whole family it many terrible ways.

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I feel that here is nothing to debate here, I think it's very wrong to drink if you are pregnant. Wether it is one drink or a 24 case, you know its just wrong.

Capricia - posted on 07/20/2009

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i didn't drink at all when i was pregnant because i didn't want to take any chances of something being wrong with my son

Lindsay - posted on 07/20/2009

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i didnt even know i was pregnat till i was like 7 month along i drank with the neighbors like 1 or 2 times a weeke at the time that was 4 yrs ago and my son turned out fine no problems

Lauren - posted on 07/20/2009

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I don't think there is any need to drink. If you feel there is a real need, maybe you have a problem with alcohol.

Nikki - posted on 07/20/2009

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Its just not a good idea to drink while pregnant. There are enough issues that can arise without adding alcohol. As far as unwinding after a Mon-Fri, and not drinking for so many months, get over it. There are other ways to unwind. As a mother you are expected, and have to make many and great sacrifices, alcohol being one of them. A baby is a gift from God, dont abuse what he has so graciously given you.

Lisa - posted on 07/20/2009

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This shouldn't even be a debate. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder has been shown to develop with as little as one class of alcohol over the entire pregnancy. It's not guaranteed your child will have FASD but why would you take the risk of being responsible for inflicting your child with that when it's 100% preventable? If you're not sure you can handle the restriction go to Alcoholics Ananymous for help.

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/fasd-etcaf/fa...

Stephanie - posted on 07/20/2009

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a study likely sponsored by a local beer company! i wouldnt be surprised...

Stephanie - posted on 07/20/2009

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i wouldnt listen to any (article) ... if its doctor recommended to thin your blood thats one thing. but to be 'allowed' a certain amount, and drinking that amount because your'e allowed, or according to some article, you have more to worry about than a debate. i wouldnt drink any more than a single sip for taste like once a month if even that often. it is just too well known how bad it is. and i couldnt live with myself knowing that i harmed my unborn child because i took some study over common sense.

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and by the way, i did have a glass of champange at my wedding (i was 2.5 months pregnant). it wasn't a big deal.

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i didn't drink at all, but then again, i don't drink when i'm not pregnant either! :) alcoholism is a big problem in my family and i just don't want to do anything that might lead to a future problem, so i stay away.



i would say talk to your doc and follow their advice. i figure they know best!

Rebecca - posted on 07/20/2009

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there no reason why you cant go out just because you are not drinking,have fun while you are pregnant go to all the events you want to but just drink juice no one thinks the will think the worse of you.

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