November 15, 2007
IT'S A CHAMPAGNE JAM!
Break out the Jim Beam, honey, it's party time!
A few drinks during pregnancy might be OK
Occasional binge may not harm fetus; more study needed, researchers say
I'm kidding, before anyone freaks out. I don't think the occasional drink while you're pregnant is going to harm the baby -- no one ever told my mom not to drink while she was pregnant, so she had margaritas with dinner on occasion -- but I also have been trying to only do what's absolutely necessary in terms of medicine and stuff, especially during these first three months. And since I honestly have lost the craving for alcohol, it's not much of a sacrifice to not drink. Especially to not binge. Geez, who needs five drinks in one sitting while pregnant?
Posted by Sarah at November 15, 2007 11:40 AM
My mother drank and drank daily when she was pregnant with me (and after), and I turned out about as healthy as a horse. Even at 40 years old, I can still outrun many soldiers half my age. My growth also wasn't stunted, I'm 6'2" tall.
Still, I can't help but wonder what would have happened if she didn't drink? Would I have ended up as a star athlete, like the next Carl Lewis or Michael Jordan?
I know I shouldn't go that far, but the point is that just being healthy is not the only goal on the table. When people say that it's ok to smoke, because "my grandfather smoked every day and lived until 102", then you should respond, well if he didnt', then he might have lived until 103 instead...
I for one, couldn't drink five drinks in one sitting even if I wasn't pregnant! That's insane! However, I would love love love to enjoy a glass of wine every so often.
Sarah - My doctor told me it was OK to have a glass of wine when I was nearing the end of both my pregnancies. She said it would help me to relax (I think she was trying to help me not freak out over having a csection), but she said as long as it was in moderation, it was fine. I will be honest, though, I never did it. I was too afraid something might happen.