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I drank heavily with my first (like hard liquor, drunk every night) for about 5 weeks until I found out. I also had the occasional drink during pregnancy (I believe moderate drinking is fine during pregnancy). My son was born healthy and thrived (off the charts for both weight and height). No signs of FAS at all. I wouldn't worry too much
I didn't find out I was pregnant with my daughter until I was nearly 12 weeks along. I drank every weekend and for 3 weeks of that time, I was on vacation. I drank beer, hard liquor, energy drinks, smoked pot almost every day while on vacay... when I found out I was prego, I panicked, I thought my period was just screwed up from my miscarriage... but nope.. prego.
My daughter is now 19 months old and healthier than a horse!!
Well, alcohol pretty much caused my conception and my baby is perfect, so there's that reassurance... but what really helped me when I had the same worries was my midwife telling me that it takes awhile before your body is the one providing nourishment for the baby so to not worry too much about those first weeks... nature protects babies during that time period we don't know they're there. I'm certain your baby will be fine
Wow, I'm so grateful to read your post, Daria26. In fact, I just posted a similar question under "pregnancy questions." Guess I should've looked around more first! Not to reiterate everything, but I am about 7.5 weeks pregnant now and I was right about 4.5 weeks when I found out via HPT. A few days before I was right at 4 months and I got pretty wasted on hard liquor. I was drinking pretty regularly (though not usually as heavily) up until I found out.
Reading what I've seen online has been more worrisome than reassuring. Some of what I've read says that around the 3rd or 4th week, the developing fetus is at a critical stage, and especially vulnerable to heavy alcohol consumption. I've also read that the risks are greater for mothers over 30 who drink, and I'm 34.
Good luck to you and your baby- and thanks again for posting this question. Thanks also to all the ladies who replied with reassurance... I hope all's well.
Last edited by Rheya; November 9th, 2010 at 06:31 PM.
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Congratulations on your pregnancy. I drank really heavily before I found out (at 8 weeks) and sometime I would just sip on straight liquor. I was extremely worried too and still am a bit.
At this point, worrying won't do anything but cause stress. That's why I kind of let it go. I know it can be hard though.
I'm 13weeks and 3 days right now. We had the NT ultrasound (which is too see if baby could have down syndrom) and everything was looking great. The baby is even a bit bigger than what it's supposed to (measuring at 14 weeks). Heartbeat is normal too.
They said FAS mostly happens to women who drinks regularly during the WHOLE pregnancy. I'm sure that there are many alcoholics out there that got pregnant and their babies were mostly fine. Also know that full-blown FAS happens only in few cases. So try not to worry.
Thanks so much, Daria26. I know the info on the internet about the risk of drinking in the first trimester is probably pretty biased, partly because no source wants to seem like they are dismissing the risks or condoning drinking while pregnant- but it's still pretty scary!
I've been trying to give myself the same advice/reassurance you're giving me, but somehow it helps a lot more when it comes from someone else. Congratulations on your baby's great progress- you must be very happy and relieved!
I had an ultrasound last week, and the tech advised that my estimated due date is June 24. I'll have my first prenatal appointment with the midwife tomorrow
Good luck with your pregnancy, too- and thanks again.
Hi there, my friend has only just found out she is pregnant, at 6months. She was drinking, smoking ciggarettes and had taken ecstacy about four times during her pregnancy she estimates.. is there a big risk to her baby? the scans show that the baby is fine, developed normally and the right weight etc for how far along she is. she is really worried