Drinking while pregnant?

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Did you do it? How much? Does the type of alcohol make a difference?

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Becky - posted on 09/23/2010

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The reason hard alcohol is typically worse in pregnancy than a glass of wine or a beer (I forget who asked, sorry), is that most people do not just drink a one ounce shot of hard liquor, they drink a mixed drink. Those often have more than an ounce of alcohol in them. For example, I believe a paralyzer (which I looooove), has the equivilant alcohol of 3-4 beers. So having just one paralyzer or other mixed drink would be much worse than having one beer. Having a rum and coke, where you knew there was only one ounce of rum would be the same as having a beer. - well, aside from the coke being bad too!
Mehgan - I've actually heard that in a woman who drinks during pregnancy - talking, more than a beer once in a while - diet can make a huge difference in the effects of the child. So, a woman who drinks moderately but has an awful diet might have a child who is more damaged than a woman who drinks heavily but has an excellent diet. Unfortunately, usually heavy drinking, especially to the extent that you can't give it up for your child's health - is accompanied by a host of other bad habits as well!
What I understand regarding the damage in early pregnancy is that there are stages in early pregnancy. There is the zygote, the embryo, and the fetus. During the zygote stage, the cells are multiplying, but are not yet differentiating. During this stage, the only damage that heavy drinking could do is to cause a miscarriage. This is the stage before a woman misses her period. Once the cells start differentiating into brain cells, nervous system, etc, is when the damage can be done.
As for other things that can be bad for a baby aside from drinking, I've never smoked and I'm not a big coffee drinker, but I do consume caffeine from other sources. I love iced tea and can't live without chocolate! And I do like an occassional coke. Although, when pregnant, I usually stick to non-caffeinated sodas. The only OTC drug I take is Tylenol, and I don't even take that unless I'm really hurting. Although, that's just because I'm fortunate to be pretty healthy when I'm pregnant!

Jodi - posted on 09/22/2010

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Yes I did, I had the occasional glass of wine if we went to dinner or had someone over for dinner. I don't believe that the occasional glass is harmful. I think the recommendations are likely erring on the side of caution. When I had my kids, the recommendations were different. And in 20 years from now the recomendations will be different again. I think we need to use our own judgement and be comfortable with that decision.

Sara - posted on 09/23/2010

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Things may be forming in the first trimester, but that's why nature gave us a yolk sac to provide nutrients to the baby until the placenta can take over that function. The fetus has a yolk sac until about the 7th week, and by then most of us know we're pregnant. So, in those first, critical weeks having a drink or two isn't going to do a ton of damage. Constant exposure over a long period is where you're going to get into trouble.



To answer, i quit smoking 2 years before i had a baby. In fact, today is my 4 year anniversary of quitting. :)

Petra - posted on 09/23/2010

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Its the quantity and the frequency - the medical stance (in Canada, anyways) is that any alcohol is a no-no. This is because saying that a glass of wine or a beer once in a while is, to some, an open invitation to drink as much & as often as they want, as long as they're not getting shittered on a regular basis. Some people's ideas about moderate amounts of alcohol vary wildly from others, so the public stance is that no alcohol should be consumed. I had one sip of red wine when I was about 7 months preggo but other than that, nothing.

I continued to drink coffee while pregnant - something I discussed with my obstetrician and something he condoned. I had no more than two cups per day and I drank green tea while at work. I had Starbucks lattes probably once a month for the duration of my pregnancy and on those days I gave up my regular cup or two.

The problem is that most people can't differentiate between regular consumption, high consumption and consumption in moderation. You end up with a hard line about NONE because common sense does not prevail with some portions of the general public.

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I fostered a little boy w/ fetal alcohol syndrome & take it from me, you don't want to risk it. No one knows how much is safe, so just don't.

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Stifler's - posted on 09/27/2010

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Last time I discovered I was pregnant I had been out on the piss the last weekend. This time I was also out on the piss the weekend before. I am 5 weeks and had one glass of wine at my friend's wedding. The safe limit is none but it was her wedding. I don't plan on doing it every week.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/27/2010

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IMO any alcohol makes a difference. I went to high school with a girl that was born with fas, it has devastating effects.

Alahnna - posted on 09/25/2010

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I HATE the taste of beer. I could puke when I taste it. When I was pregnant with my son, I knew I was having a boy because I saw a commercial once for beer and I had a craving for one, lol

Kayle - posted on 09/25/2010

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When I was pregnant I chugged a bottle of.....sparkling cider...lol Nope never drank when I was pregnant...To afraid of what might happen...I never smoked or did any drugs. Only took tylenol and that was only when absolutly necessary. I allowed myself one caffinated soda a week and one coffee a month. I was super careful. But unfortunatly sometimes God just chooses people that he believes would make great parents to a child with special need and apparently I'm one of them. My son is partially blind and part of his brain is missing. And I wouldn't change a thing. =D

Rachelle - posted on 09/24/2010

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Im actually so surprised how many people had a drink occasionally when pregnant. Not saying anyone is wrong, just surprised. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I wouldnt dare touch a drop. I just personally would never feel confortable with even a drop going into my fetus. No matter how much you have it goes directly into your blood stream and our growing baby feeds off of our blood. It may or may not do any harm, I just would personally, never feel confortable with it.

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Actually Kati yes, I'm a member of becomeanex.org lol The time before this last time, that's where we got our patches from actually. This last time we got them through our insurance company. We don't smoke in the car and always, only outside. But it's become urgent lately that we stop smoking because nothing will break your heart more than to hear your two year old say "Mommy 'mokin'". He said that to me about a week ago and I was so humiliated and ashamed that I immediately put it out, came inside, washed my hands and it was a good 8-10 hours before I had another and that one was purely addiction in action. There are days I can go all day without one and not even think twice about it. Like Monday, I thought about smoking but just didn't want one so I didn't have my first until like 11pm and as I was smoking it I was thinking to myself "What the hell am I DOING?" I'm really close and I can feel it. Then, last night after Jacob fell asleep (which is normally a time for me to go and have one because I can relax and not worry about him), for some reason as I was smoking I had this horrible vision of him growing up without me and it made me, still makes me, want to cry. I want to be there for everything and watch him do all the things that a parent (especially a Mommy) can take to the grave being proud of. Also, I know that if I kick the bucket my mother in law would have a lot to do with the raising of him and I can't...WON'T have that lol Thanks for the advice girls. I'm sure that when I give it another serioius go I'll be on here crying and beating my head against the wall so thanks ahead of time for putting up with me too lol

Rosie - posted on 09/24/2010

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ah, that sucks joy!! those patches tugged at my skin just enough that i noticed them. and me noticing them made me think of smoking, which made me want to smoke. i think i smoked more on the patch than without, lol!
it is a HUGE mental game, once you get over the first 2 weeks. it's the habits that are hard ot break. have you gone on the website becomeanex.org? they have some good advice on how to stop the habit part of smoking. i smoked after i ate. i tried waiting 5 min. after the meal for a couple days then 10 min., then pretty soon i didn't need it after the meal. i applied that to every habit that i had with smokin (which was ALOT) good luck, and keep at it. i feel so much better now that i'm not smoking around my kids. sure i'd go outside, but sometimes they'd follow, or my bad thing was in the car. i'm very proud of myself, you can do it!!!!!!! :)

Jackie - posted on 09/24/2010

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Holy Shit Loreen! $15 a pack! Omg, i thought $5.00 was was too expensive.

Like Loreen stated, with my first I didn't risk ANYTHING due to a previous miscarriage. OK, I'm lying. I drank 1/2 and 1/2 coffee at the end of my pregnancy. I couldn't resist. I also drank soda some. Mainly decaf. I craved Root Beer. But for the most part I didn't risk anything.

I met a girl once at a party a few years ago and she was probably 8 months pregnant drinking a 40oz.! I was soooo disgusted but since I didn't really know anybody, I didn't say anything. I was totally shocked that nobody else said anything though. It made me wonder if this was something they were used to seeing?

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I didn't. Mainly because I couldn't stand the smell of alcohol while pregnant. I didn't drink much to begin with, so this was no real loss on my part.
Since the research on how much/when and how alcohol affects the fetus is all over the place, I lean on the side of caution and probably wouldn't have drank even if I could have.

Charlie - posted on 09/23/2010

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When i found out i was pregnant with Cooper i quit smoking ciggies , drinking coffee and alcohol i had none at all , after having a miscarriage first time round i wasn't risking ANYTHING although i didnt drink or smoke that time it wasnt something i felt was right for me or my child , i dont personally think coffee in moderation is a bad thing ( i drank one weak cup now and then with Harry ) and i dont think one small glass of wine in the last trimester would really hurt but whats the point ? and smoking i am sorry but i cannot stand to see a pregnant woman smoke .

I dont think i will smoke again i just dont see any point in it anymore especially when its 15 dollars a packet minimum .

Jodi - posted on 09/23/2010

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Joy, I did it on Champix (which is Chantix), and I have a history of severe depression too (hospitalised for it at one stage). My doctor and I discussed it quite a bit, and agreed that *if* I slipped backwards into depression at all while I was on it, then I would go straight back to her. Both hubby and I went on it at the same time, and have now been smoke free for 12 months and don't even feel like one at all. I had tried so many other things. And would you believe, it didn't trigger my depression at all, so I guess it depends......

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Kati, I think for me it's gotta be willpower, patches and BOATLOADS of water for me to stop smoking. I've tried the Wellebutrin and it had no effect, even as an anti-depressant it didn't last. I asked my doctor about the Chantix a few months ago and she told me what I already knew. They really don't recommend it for me because I have a history of severe depression and it can worsen it. I definitely don't need that lol! I'll get there. Eventually. And honestly, if I could even get down to where a pack would last me 2 weeks (which right now a pack lasts me almost a week) then I would be ok with that. Stopping altogether would, of course, be best but hey....progress, not perfection, right? LOL

ME - posted on 09/23/2010

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I had the occasional glass of wine during both of my pregnancies...though I actually drank less with my second pregnancy than with my first...I probably had only about 2 glasses with Mayah, and more than five but less than 10 during my pregnancy with Miles (7 maybe ?)...Interestingly, my first OB (in Denver) told me that I could have a glass of wine per week if I wanted one...But, my OB in IL told me NO ALCAHOL at all...I was shocked! I never drank beer or anything else during either pregnancy, I quit smoking the day I found out I was pregnant with Miles and never started again, and I drank one cup of coffee per day with each (that was the hardest for me to give up of everything)...

Serena - posted on 09/23/2010

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I'm not sure if I am the only one but I did great with my first child. I gave up everything on the "do not" list with ease, except the few Barqs until I was informed it had caffeine.
I have had two more children since then so slowly the rules became more relax for me, I will admit I did have a glass of wine on occasion no more than 2 with my son and 3 with my daughter (through the entire pregnancy) and by the time I had my daughter I needed the caffeine to get up and get going in the morning. I was getting up with my son (the babies are 9 months apart) and when I wasn't feeding him I was in the bathroom peeing...but I didn't smoke.
Fortunately for me, I gave up smoking when I moved in with my now husband. He wouldn't kiss me if I smoked so it gave me good incentive :)

Cyndel - posted on 09/23/2010

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Well my hubby and I don't drink at all because of severe family alcoholism on both sides, we just don't want to. Any way, if I did drink I wouldn't have a problem with a glass or two during the entirety of my pregnancy. But I have blood sugar problems, so I get dizzy and light headed easily and have passed out, so the thought of ever getting drunk makes me sick. Pregnant or not. But I don't have a problem with a special occasion glass of wine.

Rosie - posted on 09/23/2010

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wellbutrin only affected my appetite-not my mood. it made me ravenously hungry, almost to the point where i wanted to stop taking it cause it fucked with my stomach so much, but the second time i took it (i restarted like 2 years later, stupid bars, lol) it didn't affect me at all except for help me stop smoking. :)

Ez - posted on 09/23/2010

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On the quitting smoking options.. try acupuncture! One of the doctors I work for is also a qualified acupuncturist, and he has a lot of success.

As for smoking and coffee in pregnancy, I stopped both. I cut out coffee easily (the thought made me heave in early pregnancy) and I quit smoking over about 9 days (as per doctor's advice). I restarted when my daughter was 6 months old, but certainly wouldn't have if my plans to cosleep had eventuated (she just always loved her own bed lol).

Joanna - posted on 09/23/2010

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I was put on Wellbutrin to try and help me quit smoking, and yes it totally cut down my cravings... I didn't even really crave cigarettes at all in fact, I'd go a few hours and be like "oh wait, I haven't smoked yet..." and then have a cigarette. But Then I got really depressed and moody, so I was taken off the wellbutrin before I could quit.

Rosie - posted on 09/23/2010

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i have heard 2 ladies state they swear by being hypnotised!! maybe that's an option? just trying to help!! my husband wasn't affected by wellbutrin at all. he hasn't tried chantix yet although i wish he would. *sigh*

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I tried webutrin and I became a monster, Chantix didn't work for me either. It's weird though because I only smoke when I'm around it or if i'm stressed, like today for example, its almost 1 in the afternoon and I've smoked half of a cig. I will finish that one probably after I pick my kids up from school in 2 hours but then probably not smoke again til my hubby gets home around 6. But yet I still have not been able to quit.

Rosie - posted on 09/23/2010

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i never drank (well, when i KNEW i was pregnant, i found out i was pregnant the day after my 21rst birthday, eeekkk!!) i wasn't willing to risk it. but i have heard that a glass of red wine each day is actually beneficial

and joy, i SWEAR by wellbutrin for helping me stop smoking. my other relatives swear by chantix. i know these products work. you should give it a try!!! i was only on the wellbutrin for about 2 weeks total, i had stopped by 1 1/2 weeks. :)

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And about the smoking? Sadly, I did not quit when I was pregnant but I did get myself down to about 3-4 a day. My battle with smoking has been going on for quite a few years now, and each time I attempt to stop, I'm positive I'm a step closer to actually doing it. The last time we made it two weeks (my hubby & I) and that's the longest I've ever gone. But yes, about the smoking, I did smoke while pregnant, just nowhere near as much as before I was pregnant.

Meghan - posted on 09/23/2010

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I drank a little with both pregnancies. Limited to a glass of wine every now and then. Or if I was craving a Samuel Adams Cream Stout (YUM!) I would have one then, and it was oh so good. My boys turned out fantastic. My oldest will be starting kindergarten a year early because he is so damn bright. There are so many things that are so bad for us when we are pregnant it just about drives me batty. I believe if you keep up normal healthy habits then your child with be healthy as well. That includes having a ham sandwich every now and then, BUT with a salad instead of fries.
Hmmm... Now I am curious. What about the diet during pregnancy? I would think it could be more harmful to the baby if all mom ate during pregnancy was McDonalds. So how were everyone's diet? I am a pretty healthy eater most of the time, but if I wanted some damn french fries or the triple chocolate brownie I got it. Then ate vegetables for dinner.

I was smoking when I got pregnant both times. Quit both times. Started again after our first Joshie was born. After Conor was born about 10 months ago, I have had only a couple cigarettes, mainly when I'm out with the girls or something. *Don't tell my husband, he has threatened to divorce me if I started smoking again, I think he's kidding, maybe*
I only just started really drinking coffee after Conor was born. So it wasn't an issue with either of my pregnancies. Not really a soda drinker either, I liked iced tea.

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Like someone else said, I don't think it's the type of alcohol as much as it is the alcohol content. Obviously, a shot of tequila has more alcohol than a beer or a glass of wine. When I was pregnant I bought a 4 pack of the Sutter Home White Zinfandel (the equivalent of 4 glasses total) and by the 7th month I still had two left. I also had the occasional sip from my husband's beer. And about the coffee? Well that was a hard one for me. In the begining, for about the first 2 months I stopped drinking coffee altogether (and alcohol). I don't know if it was my hormones or caffeine withdrawal (I normally have 2-3 cups a day) but one doctor's visit I was a wreck and somehow we got to talking about coffee and he asked me "So...why don't you just have a cup of coffee then?" He told me as far as coffee goes, one cup a day would be ok. To make myself feel better though, I started drinking Maxwell House Lite (1/2 the caffeine) but still got my coffee fix lol I think it was that same visit that he told me it would also be ok for me to relax occasionally with a glass of wine or even a beer. I chose the wine because for some reason it just seemed like the "healthier" option between wine and beer.

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2010

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I smoked before getting pregnant with my son, but quit the day I found out. I started again after he was a few months. I know, it *should* be easy to stay cigarette-free if I'd done it for 9 months- but its purely psychological for me and as soon as I *knew* I could have one, I wanted one! I was good about limiting it until he weaned and then I picked it up again... to smoking around 5 or less a day. I quit after finding out this time too.

Coffee/caffeine I never cut out completely- I cut down to one cup in the morning and most of the time, that is my only caffeine for the day. I don't feel its necessary to abstain completely from it. While yes, there are many scary things out there that can have harmful effects on a growing fetus- I tend to think we take things a little far in that regard. Just my opinion, but when its to the point where I'm reading things that say we're not even supposed to eat lunch meat or soft serve ice cream... its just a bit far imo. I cut out things which are likely to have very bad effects (smoking, drinking more than small amounts occasionally) but I'll take my chances with an occasional turkey sandwich, as I do getting in my car to go somewhere every day.

And about early pregnancy- yes the embryo has a yolk sac that sustains it until 6-7 weeks when the placenta forms. Its only when the placenta is formed that it is getting things directly from you. If every little thing we did had that much of an effect from day 1, there would be a lot more messed up children. I know I drank like a fish and smoked like a chimney with both pregnancies before I found out! I found out around 4 weeks with each and changed my behavior then obviously, but still- that kind of thing happens to many many women.

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It is very sad and very frustrating. Drinking isn't all she did either and the sad thing is she thinks shes pregnant again. Only this time I'm not and will not hesitate to knock her out if I see a repeat performance.

Joanna - posted on 09/23/2010

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Just read the other replies...

I've smoked some during all pregnancies... I had just started smoking when I found out I was pregnant with my first, so I quit, but did have a couple cigarettes during that hard alcohol/denial phase. With my second, I'd quit 6 months before getting pregnant, however I did have 2 cigarettes one night while out for drinks with a girlfriend, before finding out I was pregnant, otherwise I didn't smoke. I started up again though when my daughter was about 2 months old, thanks to colic and post-partum depression. With this pregnancy, I had a really tough time quitting (marital stress plus stress of having a 2 year old), but I developed awful morning sickness that helped me "quit" at about 7 weeks. I have smoked occasionally since then though, on extremely stressful days when I feel like the stress is causing more harm than a few puffs of a cigarette. That's very rare though, maybe one cigarette every month.

As far as coffee/caffeine, I can't live without it, especially with the lack of sleep, so I have my 150 mg a day, whether it's from a Starbucks chai latte, or a couple cans of Pepsi.

Joanna - posted on 09/23/2010

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I drank a little bit in all my pregnancies before I found out I was pregnant. Then in my first, I went through a period that, because I was giving her up for adoption, she wasn't my responsibility, so I drank some hard liquor a couple nights, which I'm not proud of. She came out perfectly healthy thankfully. I didn't drink anything except an O'Doul's or two in my second pregnancy (I was craving beer so I bought O'doul's, lol). And with this pregnancy, I've had a total of maybe a glass of wine through the whole pregnancy... a few sips on my birthday, a sip on my anniversary, etc.

I agree it's better to be safe than sorry, but I also don't think the occasional sip will hurt the baby... considering most moms I know drank before finding out they were pregnant, and they've had healthy little ones.

Sara - posted on 09/23/2010

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No offense to your friend, Liz, but that makes me really angry. She has doomed this poor little girl to a life of problems because she couldn't and wouldn't stop drinking for 9 months? 9 months is such a small window of time in the big picture. IMO, you owe it to your child to give them the best start in life possible and to me that means not getting shitfaced when pregnant. Sheesh.

Jenni - posted on 09/23/2010

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I was partying a lot before I got pregnant with my son. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I quit no probs. I did have half a glass of wine at Thanksgiving and Christmas with dinner. And one at Christmas when I was pregnant with my daughter.
My SIL lives in England and said it was socially acceptable for a pregnant woman to have one drink a week. My FIL would always offer me a drink when we were over. Maybe to just be polite. I did find it a teensy bit annoying.
I don't think a glass of wine on a special occassion is going to be harmful. Of course I could have gone without.

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I craved beer during all of my pregnancies. I drank non-alcoholic beer quite often but on occasion I drank a real beer. In moderation it's not an issue, but I can't handle seeing a pregnant woman get drunk. Last New Years eve a friend of a friend drank half a bottle of Tequilla and she was 8 months pregnant, apparently she drank quite often and her daughter has a lot of problems because of it.

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After everything I put my pregnancy through it it's first trimester I'm honestly surprised Roxanne doesn't have any problems. I spent the latter half of my pregnancy worrying and feeling guilty about what I might have unknowingly done. Thankfully, she seems to be completely unscathed by the madness.

Sara - posted on 09/23/2010

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I'm not a doctor either, but it is my understanding that the yolk sac is kind of a built in protection before women know that they are pregnant. It is true that everything forms within the first trimester, and that's when many birth defects caused by an outside source occur. I just don't think that having a night out at the bar and being drunk before you find out you're pregnant (if you discover you're pregnant early on, such as at 6 weeks or something), is more than likely not going to cause a birth defect. Again, that's just my understanding from college courses I took and reading while I was pregnant.

Riana - posted on 09/23/2010

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Congrats Sara! well done!

I'm not a doctor, but I do find this interesting. I think (please correct me if I'm wrong) that most birth deffects - definately some - form during early pregnancy. I understand that constant exposure can be worse and cause underdevelopment of the brain ect. but from my experience early pregnancy is very important and often overlooked?

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I didn't find out I was pregnant until 19 weeks at which time I quit smoking. I did get absolutely SMASHED on New Years when I was only 3 weeks pregnant but obviously didn't know.

Petra - posted on 09/23/2010

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Riana - I stopped smoking when I found out I was pregnant and started up again not long after he was born. I make the choice to smoke, I'm not proud of it, but I can take any flack people want to dish out about it because I'm not ashamed of it, either.

Riana - posted on 09/23/2010

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I find this quite interesting, any of you smoke? If so did you stop during pregnancy? Restarted afterwards? All my friends who smoked stoped when they found out they were pregnant, as with drinking and everything else but a fetus is most fragile in early development and what you do before you even find out effects them most of all.

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I was under the impression that hard alcohol is much worse than the odd beer or glass of wine? I'm gonna do some research because I'm not sure why I think that?!

I will also say that I've not touched a drop of alcohol since I had Roxanne just over two years ago. I wasn't kidding when I said I don't drink. I was totally surprised that I craved beer while pregnant. Off I go...

Krista - posted on 09/23/2010

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I had about two mouthfuls of champagne at Christmastime, and I might have had one or two sips of Keith's beer during the rest of my pregnancy. All told, I probably consumed less than two ounces of alcohol during my entire pregnancy, so I'm not too worried about it.

I drank a lot of non-alcoholic beer, though. Superstore makes this really great non-alcoholic red ale, and it was just SO nice to sit out on the deck in the summertime with my feet up and a cold beer in my hand. But I'm a weirdo who actually really enjoys drinking beer -- the alcohol is secondary.

Lindsay - posted on 09/23/2010

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I didn't consume any alcohol after I found out I was pregnant with either child. It was one of those things that my ob stressed very strongly so it never even crossed my mind that it was acceptable to have any alcohol during pregnancy.

I'm not a coffee drinker but I did have the occassional coke or dr. pepper. I had a list a OTC drugs that were acceptable to use and what should not be used. I don't think I ended up using anything though. I took my prenatals religiously and for a long time after delivery. They really helped my nails! lol

Sara - posted on 09/23/2010

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I didn't do it. I could go 9 months without a drink. Women who have an odd beer or glass of wine here or there, no problem. For me, I just didn't want to, I didn't feel right about it.

I didn't have caffeine, I didn't take OTC drugs and had antibiotics for a sinus infection one time during my preganancy. I was too nervous to basically take anything, no matter how small the chance that it would hurt my baby.

Riana - posted on 09/23/2010

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I did have the odd glass of wine while I was pregnant with both my kids.

Friendly tip ladies, there are a long list of things that are harmfull to an unborn baby, including but not limited to: alcohol (in excess), smoking, drugs (including many over the counter types), but specifically antibiotics and some of the stronger meds, exhaustion, high fever, caffiene, x-rays ect ect. Understand that nothing you do can be 100% but try to protect your unborn child. And most importantly taking a general vitamin is simply not enough, get a folic acid supplement and take it even if you are not pregnant ... yet ...

:-)

As a matter of interest how many of you had coffee while you were pregnant?

Ez - posted on 09/23/2010

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One of the first things that tipped me off that I may be pregnant was when I couldn't stomach a glass of champagne at my brother's rugby club's Ladies Day lol. I LOVE champagne!! I didn't have any alcohol after that. I just didn't think it was worth it. The odds of one drink being harmful are very slim, but what about one drink every weekend? It's impossible to know as any studies would have to put subjects at significant risks to gain this sort of data. For this reason, it was just easier for me to cut it completely.

Nikki - posted on 09/23/2010

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I had 1/2 a glass of low alcohol wine the day before I went into labour, that's it. I wasn't comfortable drinking, I craved alcohol throughout my entire pregnancy, I would sniff it ALL the time, but not drink it. I don't think the type of alcohol matters, it's all alcohol.

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2010

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I really believe that small amounts in moderation are going to be fine. I just have a hard time believing that having a glass of wine or beer a couple times over your whole pregnancy is going to do anything. Where you see the very bad effects of it are the alcoholic pregnant women who drink large amounts OFTEN.

I am currently pregnant and I often take sips of DH's beer when he has one (I'm talking like one or two sips here). Last night I even had a small bit of wine! Probably only about 4 oz or so (less than a serving) and I drank it over the course of an hour while eating- but it was nice to enjoy it!

As for how much, I personally wouldn't go with more than a serving at a time. A serving is an oz of liquor, 5 oz of wine or 12 oz of beer- they all have the same amount of alcohol.

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