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Is It OK To Drink Alcohol During Pregnancy?

Is it ok to drink alcohol during pregnancy?
Is It Ok To Drink Alcohol During Pregnancy
Is It Ok To Drink Alcohol During Pregnancy?

Though I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to enjoying a nice glass of red wine, the fact of the matter is…there is no known safe amount of alcohol during any stage of pregnancy, and any type of alcohol (beer, wine, liquor) is equally harmful. ⁣
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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:⁣
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Alcohol in your blood passes to the baby through the umbilical cord. We do know that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of lifelong physical, behavioural, and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).⁣

There’s truly NO conclusive research out there that drinking any amount or type of alcohol during pregnancy is safe. ⁣
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✅ So, if you just found out you’re pregnant…definitely stop drinking alcohol, if you were a frequent user before pregnancy. ⁣
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✅ If you are trying to conceive, it IS a good idea to cut out alcohol as well-***BUT I know how stressful trying to conceive can be, and if a glass of wine at the end of the day is the only thing keeping you sane…then, it’s likely OK 👍🏻 (but talk to your doc of course). And start exploring alternative forms of stress relief too! 🥳 ⁣
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✅ Let’s say you found out you were pregnant later in the game-maybe after a few months…and you’re concerned that you were drinking while you were actually pregnant, and were unaware.⁣
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This happens ALL THE TIME….and while there CAN be ill effects of heavy alcohol consumption in the first trimester, the only control you have at this point is to stop NOW, at whatever week you’re at. So just concentrate on that!⁣

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  1. I met a girl playing RDR2 online and she’s 20 years old and 6weeks. I’m 30yrs old and 12 weeks. She said she turns 21 in a few weeks and is going to get a bottle of red wine because she “heard you can have some red wine when pregnant but only red wine” I told her to do more research but bit my tongue. There’s no way on God’s green Earth I’m risking anything by having any wine, I thought she was bonkers or just naive and younge. I’ve also been told by a few people to take THC edibles for morning sickness but I also bit my tongue because the baby’s brain is so fatty and that what THC binds to. It’s really interesting how many people give horrible advice and how many people give unsolicited advice. I just bite my tongue and say thanks.🤦‍♂️😂

  2. Yes! I hate it when I hear a pregnant woman giggle and say “just one glass won’t hurt”, I remember declining a glass when I was pregnant and I was called dramatic. If it has to do with my baby’s safety then I’m ok with being dramatic. It’s only 9 months of your life, if you can’t sacrifice that for your baby’s health then you shouldn’t be having one!

  3. I gave it up as soon as I found I was expecting.. He’s 5 now 😊 and I enjoyed that long awaited drink.. I must admit, I had some gorgeous mocktails with fruit juice and vitamins, during pregnancy 😍 as I’ve not been pregnant for some time, I have normal cocktails now 😂

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I’m a psychologist at an organisation that specialises in diagnosing and providing therapy for children with FASD. I feel like if people better understood the way in which alcohol disrupts the developmental process on a cellular level and if they met some of these children and saw how severe and multi-faceted their impairments can be they wouldn’t take the risk. We don’t fully understand what factors increase the risk of FASD and why some children are affected by alcohol in utero and some aren’t. Obviously it would be unethical to design studies to look at that. This is why the advice is (in australia) that there is no safe amount of alcohol.

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Claire is our Community Manager here at New Moms Forum. A mom of two (almost grown-up babies), Claire has been building and operating community-based websites for almost 20 years. In her downtime, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and drinking copious amounts of red wine!

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