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October 14th, 2010, 06:34 PM
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Light Drinking Okay During Pregnancy? : In the News : pregnancy and parenting on JustMommies

This study says, "children whose moms consumed one or two drinks a week during their pregnancy were at no greater risk of having children with developmental, physical, or behavioral problems than moms who consumed no alcohol during pregnancy. In fact, the study found that children of light drinkers actually performed better on cognitive tests than moms who completely abstained from alcohol, according to CBC News’ report on this study."

How do you feel about this? Does this study make you feel more comfortable with having a small glass of wine while pregnant or is this an unnecessary risk?
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October 14th, 2010, 06:49 PM
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My doctor had me drink a beer while pregnant for PTL so I obviously don't have an issue with it. I think we tend to be a bit extreme on our views on this and I don't agree that it has to be an all or nothing type scenario. Should one drink daily? probably not, but a glass of wine or two every once in a while doesn't seem extreme to me.
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October 14th, 2010, 07:15 PM
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I asked my doctor is one margarita would hurt anything while I was pregnant. He told me to swap it for a glass of wine and I was fine. He said that all one glass of wine would do was hurt me socially because everyone would stare at the giant pregnant lady drinking.
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October 14th, 2010, 08:13 PM
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I've never been against drinking (infrequently) during pregnancy. Alcohol is actually good for you (let me know if you want links), in moderation.
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October 14th, 2010, 08:18 PM
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How do you feel about this? Does this study make you feel more comfortable with having a small glass of wine while pregnant or is this an unnecessary risk?
It doesn't make me feel more comfortable because I never felt uncomfortable with it to begin with.
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October 14th, 2010, 08:18 PM
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I had a few glasses of wine while I was pregnant with my son. As long as it's not a daily thing, I see no issues with a glass of wine once in a while. I kinda view this as smoking while pregnant. Some doctors will tell the woman to not fully quit smoking because the shock to her system could do more damage and they should gradually quit. Maybe an occasional drink falls along the same lines.
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October 14th, 2010, 08:19 PM
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I agree that completely abstaining is a bit of an extreme measure. I understand that some moms don't want to take any risk, that is their decision and I respect that. I wish that people (in general) wouldn't be so quick to judge those that do imbibe on occasion while pregnant. Personally, I would have a glass of wine if we went to a nice dinner pretty much until the end. Obviously, not downing a whole bottle is something that isn't suggested, but a glass every now and again shouldn't be an issue.
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October 14th, 2010, 08:24 PM
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I'm in the ballpark that thinks it's an unnecessary risk. I will never drink when pregnant, and see no need to, at all. So on my end, one drink is one too many for me.
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October 14th, 2010, 09:17 PM
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Nope never have and never will drink any alcohol while pregnant. I am not a "drinker" anyway, so it is not a big deal to not drink for 9 months+.
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October 15th, 2010, 05:20 AM
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I have no desire to drink while pregnant. Studies may show that there is no increase risk, but there is still a risk, and one glass of anything isn't really worth it to me.

I definitely agree.

Why risk your babies health just for one or two drinks; even if the risk is small, it seems pointless.
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October 15th, 2010, 06:30 AM
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I don't really drink anyways, so I don't drink while pregnant. I've craved a Mike's Hard Lemonade though, and if I wasn't so overly, extremely cautious while pregnant I would have had it. I think having a drink or two is fine though, it's just not for me. I'd rather see a woman with a glass of wine in her hand than a cigarette hanging from her mouth.
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I don't really drink anyways, so I don't drink while pregnant. I've craved a Mike's Hard Lemonade though, and if I wasn't so overly, extremely cautious while pregnant I would have had it. I think having a drink or two is fine though, it's just not for me. I'd rather see a woman with a glass of wine in her hand than a cigarette hanging from her mouth.
Don't get me started on seeing pregnant women smoke. But why not have neither a drink nor a cig while pregnant. You aren't pregnant forever, waiting 9 months is not hard.
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October 15th, 2010, 07:12 AM
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Don't get me started on seeing pregnant women smoke. But why not have neither a drink nor a cig while pregnant. You aren't pregnant forever, waiting 9 months is not hard.
I agree. I don't know why it's a big deal to just not do it for a few months. But then, i'm not a person that NEEDS a glass of wine here and there. i'm just not a drinker.
and it completely peeves me when i see preg smokers. i KNOW it's VERY hard to quit. but still....
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October 15th, 2010, 07:28 AM
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Don't get me started on seeing pregnant women smoke. But why not have neither a drink nor a cig while pregnant. You aren't pregnant forever, waiting 9 months is not hard.
I'll have to find the article, but having a glass of wine or two after the first trimester can actually have benefits. Smoking does not have any benefits (that I know of) during pregnancy or normally. I'm not going to be all up in arms if I see an obviously pregnant woman with a glass of red wine in her hand, but I may start to judge if I see her downing shots like nobody's business.
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I'll have to find the article, but having a glass of wine or two after the first trimester can actually have benefits. Smoking does not have any benefits (that I know of) during pregnancy or normally. I'm not going to be all up in arms if I see an obviously pregnant woman with a glass of red wine in her hand, but I may start to judge if I see her downing shots like nobody's business.
Yeah, I understand how some doctors recommend a glass of wine near the end. That is up to the mom to be, I won't judge them for choosing to drink one glass of wine. I would never do it..but that is ME.


Smoking while pregnant is a different story. Hate to be harsh, but its disgusting.
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October 15th, 2010, 08:16 AM
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Yeah, I understand how some doctors recommend a glass of wine near the end. That is up to the mom to be, I won't judge them for choosing to drink one glass of wine. I would never do it..but that is ME.


Smoking while pregnant is a different story. Hate to be harsh, but its disgusting.
I wouldn't either, but only because wine is gross, lol. I have yet to find a wine that I can stomach. They all taste so bland.
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October 15th, 2010, 08:39 AM
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I definitely agree.

Why risk your babies health just for one or two drinks; even if the risk is small, it seems pointless.
But I could say this about a ton of things. Cleaning supplies, sugar, coffee, epidural, stress, lack of exercise, not enough protein. A lot of people continue to use normal cleaning supplies while pregnant - could it be because it doesn't have the social stigma that drinking while pregnant does? could it be that they don't really believe there is any risk?
I think the social stigma with drinking plays a bigger role in this debate than many people realize. If there is any risk, most know (I can look for links if you want) that the first trimester is the most critical yet many many women don't even know they are pregnant for a number of weeks.
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October 15th, 2010, 09:23 AM
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there is no increase risk, but there is still a risk,
Huh? If there is no increase in risk from drinking how can there be a risk from drinking? I am confused.
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October 15th, 2010, 09:24 AM
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Would I consciously do it? No. But have I done it? Maybe. I am pretty certain that I had a drink or two before I actually knew I was pregnant. Honestly I think it's something between a woman and her doctor. If they both think it's okay, then who am I to judge the 8 months pregnant woman drinking a glass of wine? Not something I would do, but I don't look down on someone who would make that choice.
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