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Drinking While Pregnant? I'm Sorry, I Just Don't Get It

February 11, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

Last night I was at an event for work and as with most events here in N.Y.C., there was alcohol. I will say this upfront, I’m not a drinker. I’ve never been a drinker. I can probably count the number of times I’ve ever had a sip of alcohol. That being said, I have no problem with people drinking around me–in moderation, of course.

Back to last night. One of the other guests was pregnant–not showing, but she still put it out there that she was expecting–and she openly threw back about 1/4 glass of champagne. You could see a few other guests were a little surprised, so then another woman said her doctor actually recommended she have a cocktail to help quell early contractions. Everyone laughed it off, the party went on and it was forgotten within a few minutes. By everyone except me, that is.

The entire ride home, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I know some doctors say an occasional glass of alcohol probably won’t hurt, but it’s still one of those things that makes me very uneasy. As you can probably guess, I was one of those hyper-aware expectant moms that avoided anything that might harm my baby like the plague. I didn’t drink coffee, eat cheese, cold cuts, undercooked meat or fish for my entire pregnancy. I even asked people who smoked around me to put their cigarettes out. I just felt like I was so lucky to be carrying this baby, why would I do anything to jeopardize her health?

Now I know this is a really polarizing topic, but I am genuinely curious: what’s the appeal of drinking while you’re pregnant? Like I said, I’ve never been a drinker, so I don’t know if it takes the edge off or actually tastes good, so share your thoughts. Would you, or did you, drink while you were pregnant?

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