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Drinking while pregnant

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by allisonwinters, May 27, 2015.

  1. I worked with a girl who was about 5 months pregnant with her first child. She was old enough to drink, but not much older than that. She had a very rocky relationship with the child's father and a rocky life in general - she was new to the job, her boyfriend was supposedly cheating on her, she had just moved from out of state, etc etc. And while talking to her one day, she told me that she likes to unwind with a glass of red wine or two.

    I of course immediately was like um, thats not a good idea...but she launched right into a defense (she must have gotten my reaction before because she was ready) about how studies show 1 or 2 glasses of red wine is perfectly fine if you're not in your first trimester, etc etc. I Googled it and I actually did see some reputable health websites that said that, which shocked me. Personally, when I was pregnant I felt weird taking even Tylenol, but everyone has different levels of what they find okay. Still, I feel like drinking alcohol of any kind is very risky.

    What do you guys think about it?
  2. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I am no expert or in medical field so I cannot confirm that.
    I have also read before that wine is considered good on small amounts. I hope her baby will be fine with her wine drinking and that she will not drink more than that.
  3. CallipygianGamine

    CallipygianGamine Community Champion

    We were always taught that drinking alcohol while pregnant was bad all around, but I’ve also seen some of these reports and studies which claim that small amounts red wine aren’t harmful. They all seem fairly recent, though, so I’d be interested to see what happens in the long term. It’s not something I would personally test, as I never really liked red wine to begin with, and I still think it carries some risks.
  4. TPhoenix

    TPhoenix Member

    I believe that moderate use of alcohol will not be harmful to pregnant woman, as I've recently read up on it and seen some TV talk shows addressing the issue. None of that hard liquor stuff is any good though; that is a definite no no due to the alcohol volume, but having some wine is not a bad thing.

    Heck, when my mom was pregnant with my younger sister over 16 years ago, she was in so much pain alone that she popped a bottle of Tylenol over a slim course of time. When she told me as I got older, I was in complete shock that nothing came out wrong with my sister. So if a baby can handle a bottle of Tylenol like that, they must can handle some wine too.
  5. henry

    henry Community Champion

    Usually a mother knows what's good for her child and what's not just by intuition. If she had doubts, and had to look up information on it, it's because deep inside she knows it's wrong. My guess is she would of done it anyway. She's just using the information as placebo effect.
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  6. bsthebenster

    bsthebenster Community Champion

    I can't say I'd know any better than the experts. If they it's okay than it's probably okay, I'm not one to contest their findings.
  7. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    I'm really no savvy in what concerns the actual diet in what concerns what you actually need or needn't consume whilst pregnant, but alcohol is frankly very bad to consume, and everyone could agree with my view. This doesn't mean you must abstain yourself from not consuming a little drop from time to time, either, since it kind of helps your organism, too. Just be careful. :)
  8. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    Like everyone else here I am not a health professional and neither is the OP. You ask all the health care givers out there and all of them will have a variance in their opinion. The human body reacts in the same way. Everything is a toss up and chance.

    We all know alcohol is not good for you. If it's not good for you, then what makes you think that it's good for the baby? Sounds like the OP is just using whatever excuse she can find to drink. If something goes wrong she can always blame the experts. Just be smart about it. Why even put alcohol into the equation? Don't drink it, then it won't be an issue.
  9. Jane

    Jane Active Contributor

    There really are a number of studies out there now that have shown positive effects of wine and approved it during later stages of pregnancy.

    That being said, to each his/her own. I wouldn't personally risk it because I am scared of the negative side effects, but if she's done her research and is comfortable with it, then that's her choice. I'm not going to judge her if she's keeping it under control and is okay with it.
  10. ZXD22

    ZXD22 Senior Contributor

    I wouldn't personally take the risk. It may be unharmful but I would still feel uneasy if was in her shoes. She might be fine with it and it's her decision, but you need to know if it's a risk that you are willing to take.
  11. Sudarsan

    Sudarsan Active Contributor

    There may be some reputable websites that mention that 60 ml of alcohol doesn’t harm a woman in pregnancy, but in fact it helps the body recover from stress and rejuvenate. This may be true, but I don’t think it is wise to risk the life of one’s unborn baby by drinking alcohol. Science is never 100 % accurate; there is always a certain possibility of error. For some pregnant woman, alcohol may pose no serious harm, but considering that the same hypothesis can work for every pregnant woman may be slightly foolish.

    I believe that pregnant women should never consume alcohol because we all know very well that alcohol is always harmful for health.
  12. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Contributor

    My bosom friend in college got pregnant before marriage. In her desperation, she would be drinking whiskey to make her calm down during bed time. When the baby was born there was a deformity with the hands. When the doctor learned of my friend's drinking habits while pregnant, he explained that alcohol is bad for the baby.
  13. Clairelouise84

    Clairelouise84 Senior Contributor

    It's a funny one as they will tell you this for couple of years, then we will be told that you should drink no alcohol whatsoever. They did the same with coffee. But I think drinking every day is a bad idea, even if it is only 1-2 glasses. Experts or not I would play it on the safe side to be honest!
  14. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    NO! Absolutely not. I have the the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. You should send your friend this link :

    "Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome have:

    Abnormal facial features such as a thin upper lip, short nose, short eye openings, and flat cheeks and philtrum (the groove in the middle of the upper lip).

    Growth retardation. They are small and underweight at birth.

    Brain damage. They may be mentally retarded or have problems with development, learning, and behavior.

    All of these birth defects are caused by drinking alcohol in pregnancy.
  15. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    There is no safe time during pregnancy for you to drink alcohol. There is also no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. When you are pregnant and you drink beer, wine, hard liquor, or other alcoholic beverages, alcohol gets into your blood. The alcohol in your blood gets into your baby's body through the umbilical cord. Alcohol can slow down the baby's growth, affect the baby's brain, and cause birth defects.

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a term describing a range of effects that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Some people with FASD have abnormal facial features and growth and central nervous system problems. People with FASD may have problems with learning, memory, attention span, communication, vision, and/or hearing. These problems often lead to problems in school and social problems. The effects of FASD last a lifetime.
  16. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    To quote a campaign here in Manitoba...

    "With Child, Without Alcohol"

    Birth defects go through the roof with alcohol. If she wants to keep drinking, she should abort the child. It'll be kinder to the kid than many of the possibilities that Foetal Alcohol Syndrome produce.
  17. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    Alcohol is not good during pregnancy, and if she drinks heavily throughout the pregnancy, the baby could have fetal alcohol syndrome.
    I'm sure even some alcohol during pregnancy can cause developmental delays that won't be noticed until the child is in school.
  18. dmathon

    dmathon Member

    I've seen these studies too, I am against it though. What we eat/drink during pregnancy goes to our children, and helps nourish them to grow and develop. I've had two children and did not drink even after birth due to nursing. I think we can hold off for 9 months, and find something else to help us wind down. If your not suppose to drink while nursing, why would it be OK to drink while pregnant? Why risk possible defects/ damages to your unborn child?
  19. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Many studies support it is ok to drink while pregnant... as long as you don't end up drinking enough to actually get drunk. Two glasses of wine is not bad at all, not good if you do it daily though... but if done from time to time thne I don't think it's so bad.

    To be honest I don't blame her reaction, no one likes to feel judged, try to be less judgemental with people, OP. Specially those who are going thru a difficult time, if more people did that we'd be living in a better place.
  20. JoanMcWench

    JoanMcWench Community Champion

    Studies or no studies can one not just agree that it's better to be safe than sorry? It's not as though you drinking that one glass of wine is going to add to a bonus to your baby. I didn't drink at all with my children. Not a drop. I knew people who did & I didn't have an issue with them doing so. That's their decision as a mother. I, regardless of studies that contradict one another, made the choice to keep it completely away from them. As well as during breastfeeding.