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Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Should I be worried about the fact that I had two alcoholic drinks on the night of conception? It seems like a small amount, and that is the only alcohol I've had while pregnant. Could my baby be damaged?

Re: Should I be worried about the fact that I had two alcoholic drinks on the night of conception? It seems like a small amount, and that is the only alcohol I've had while pregnant. Could my baby be damaged?

The Bump Expert

No, you shouldn't worry. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome, which is associated with abnormal facial features, growth problems and developmental and learning disabilities, among other things. Unfortunately, there is no "safe" amount of alcohol that is okay to consume during pregnancy. So, you are right to avoid it since conceiving. But, if the only alcohol you had was on the night of conception, you shouldn't worry about damage to the baby.

watch: more on alcohol during pregnancy

Dr. Ashley Roman

re: Q: Alcohol after conceiving?

My husband and I tried to concieve on my ovulating day 4 days later I had 3 sips of a margarita and got very drunk feeling. Then when the food was set infront of my I lost it and vomited. I am so exahusted and still feel nauseos. Could I be pregnant from getting that wasted feeling from a few sips?Thank you,

Nicoledubois11 |

re: Q: Alcohol after conceiving?

Same here... I only had a small alcoholic beverage and felt intoxicated right away as well as very sick to my stomach. Could it be that I am pregnant and its my body's way of warning me?

Dragonfly Magic |

re: Q: Alcohol after conceiving?

I had a couple drinks the weekend before finding out I was pregnant. Is that something to worry about? Since it was slightly after conception but before knowing I was pregnant.

DEBBIE33CASEY |

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Unfortunately, I had a bit more than 2 drinks. This pregnancy was a surprise for us. As soon as I recognized the symptoms, I stopped drinking. However, I am concerned about a couple of nights where I had several drinks in the first couple of weeks after conceiving. I'm just hopeful everything will be okay.

JavaGen |

re: Q: Alcohol after conceiving?

I've had many friends who never even knew they were pregnant for a month or so after conceiving. Think about back when our grandma's were pregnant. They probably didnt know until they were showing. So I'm going to say that chances are its going to do no damage that early on. :-)

Crystyle12 |

re: Q: Alcohol after conceiving?

My pregnancy was also a surprise, and I remember having an alcoholic drink on at least three different occasions (although I'm not a heavy drinker...1-2 martinis per occasion). I'm almost in my third trimester and all is great with my baby, she's developing well! I asked the doctor about drinking and she said as long as you're not drinking now, the sooner the better that you stop.

anna.hines |

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I also have many friends who have drank early in their pregnancy before knowing they were pregnant and have had perfectly healthy babies. I think the more you drink throughout your entire pregnancy, the worse your chances are of having a problem. The March of Dimes says no amount is safe at any time during your pregnancy, but that is because they cannot determine at what point or what amount of alcohol causes problems to occur. If you only drank in the early weeks before knowing you're pregnant, chances are you and your baby will be just fine. Oh, and by the way crystyle12, back when our grandma's were pregnant, they still had missed periods in those days, so they would know they were pregnant before they were showing! Missed periods are not a modernized symptom of pregnancy!

annieandryanfloyd |

re: Q: Alcohol after conceiving?

I had a martini before I knew I was prego and I only had a few drinks and my kidney felt like it was going to fall out.. I guess I had a bad kidney infection, but I didn’t have anything after that bad experience and my baby seems fine so far. I am 14 weeks.

amberqtxoxo@Gmail.com |

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My best friend Dani had a surprise pregnancy and had a lot more than a few drinks for her birthday. When she found out she was pregnant, she quit drinking immediately. She gave birth and her child is healthy and beautiful.I'm not saying getting drunk is okay. I'm saying that if you have a couple of drinks before you know won't necessarily have fetal alcohol syndrome. Just be careful if you have any thought that you might be pregnant!

vivalarevolution |

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Weeks 3-8 of pregnancy are the most critical for avoiding alcohol/drugs as this is when the major organs are being formed. Fine tuning of major organs as well as nervous system development occurs for the rest of the period...which is why FAS babies primarily have developmental disorders rather than major organ malformations. Bottom line, if you can't wait 9 months for a drink it's probably a sign that you may need some sort of help with substance abuse....question is, what about NA beer? Hope that helps. I'm a medical student, not a Dr, but those were the key points I remember from my OB/Gyn rotation.

kateandjt |

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"Bottom line, if you can't wait 9 months for a drink it's probably a sign that you may need some sort of help with substance abuse...."I don't think anyone is saying that they are having a hard time not drinking... they are worried about what they drink before they knew they were pregnant. I am in the same boat. The day before I found out I was pregnant, I had a couple of glasses of wine... I haven't drank since nor do I have any desire to. But what I did before I knew scares me.

jaclynloretta |

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Everything I've read says that chances are no damaged was caused from early pregnancy drinking...as long as you STOP once you know you're pregnant. I personally don't think I could have a drink while pregnant as I would feel enormous guilt. I've been pregnant for about two months and I just found out. I drank all the weekends in between...although I never did get wasted. So, I was also nervous about this but I think it's a pretty common occurence (not knowing and drinking).

Orchid86 |

re: Q: Alcohol after conceiving?

Of course a few days before I found out I was pregnant I spent my Friday night sipping a martini and eating sushi with friends. My doctor said it is nothing to worry about and many women have a few drinks before they find out they are pregnant. You just should stop drinking after you find out.

Citywife |

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I had a shot of Patron the day after i got married (May 1st). I didnt realize i was pregnant until May 13th. Could it be possible that that one shot could do damage to my baby? Even that early?

pregnantalready09 |

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that was ignorant for whoever said anyone here has any desire to drink. Must be a sucky med student if you can't even read the fine print. NO ONE WANTS TO DRINK. Everyone is wondering if they are in the clear. A lot of good points were made like alcohol isn't safe in any amount because we don't know much about when it does the most damage or with how much. So basically stop drinking when you find out and you should be fine. I had a mojito the day before i found out i was pregnant and im pretty sure i'm fine

Tinkx123x |

re: Q: Alcohol after conceiving?

Ladies...I went to Mardi Gras, had my share of 'hurricanes' before officially finding out I was pregnant. My little boy is developing just fine - I'm currently 5 months and 3 weeks. Take a deep breath, talk to you doctor and try not to stress too much because that's not good for your baby.

katielea17 |

re: Q: Alcohol after conceiving?

Ok well i have i very healthy 2 year old lil girl, and i didnt find out i was preggo with her till i was 8 weeks and i use to go out every weekend and drink with friends. like my dr said the problems are from when moms drink there whole pegnancy not just the first few weeks. So from my experience it nothing to stress bout i mean dont get me wrong i was freaking out when i found out i was preggo. but she is fine and she has not had any problems

ABearden09 |

Caffeine during ovulation week

I love coffee & usually have 2 big cups per day, and on the weekends and my days off I usually meet friends for coffee, which is usually a cappuccino with skim milk & an extra shot of espresso. Once I'm pregnant, I will stop the caffeine intake but could my current caffeine intake prevent me from getting pregnant? (Next week is when we'll be trying again).

amalloy1 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Let me start off by saying I am not saying this is what I am doing. I have 3 friends who had their perfectly healthy beautiful babies within the past few months and all 3 had different doctors and all 3 of their doctors said that a glass of wine every now and then (but no more than 1 a week) is fine. Also, in Europe women continue to drink wine throughout their pregnancy. Again, not saying one SHOULd just saying that a few drinks before you knew is fine and you should not be worried about it. My doctor said a glass of wine every now and then will not hurt but that it is never a good thing to play around with and her recommendation was to not drink at all. AGAIN, I am not personally drinking during my pregnancy just saying that you shouldn't stress if you did have a few early on.

jscogin |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I am in my 12th week of pregnancy- I also have a two year old daughter. I have a beer or a glass of wine every once in awhile. It's not going to hurt your baby if you have a few drinks in moderation- and my husband is a Doctor. I would recommend everyone to relax~ enjoy your pregnancy and stop stressing!

BabyLane2010 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Ever see that show, I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant? I've come to the conclusion that everyone featured on that show is a total lush, and so far, all of the babies are healthy, with no signs of FAS...Not like I'm basing my opinion on a tv show, but just saying. Talk to your doc and your SO

Erin0922 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

From what I've read and heard from my doctor, if you were so early on in your pregnancy that you didn't know about it, than alcohol isn't going to have any affect (esp just a few drinks). My OBGYN even said that it wasn't necessary to stop drinking while trying to conceive. I cut back while trying, but had a few drinks during the first few weeks I didn't know I was pregnant.

nstirling |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

My sister drank a bottle of wine before she found out she was pregnant. And my nephew is amazing and healthy and awesome! Your paranoia is worse for the baby than the few drinks... Stop when you find out you're preggo and you'll be fine.

thereset |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

No, the baby's fine.

tomtum |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

With my daughter there were a few times that I had drinks before I knew I was pregnant (I am highly irregular with periods, so I never know if I am pregnant, truly). The same thing happened with being pregnant now. My husband and I like to have a glass of wine with dinner. Well, that stopped immediately when we found out I was pregnant and my Dr. did not seem concerned. I would agree with the PP that said that our grandmas didn't know until much later and the kids were fine. I taught a fetal alcohol kid, and you really need to drink a lot to affect them. NOT saying at all that drinking is OK, but our bodies and babies are more resilient than that, especially in the early weeks.

MommyMeredith |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I just found out I am 5-6 weeks pregnant and in my 3 - 4 weeks I was drinking heavily. I went to a football tailgate, a night out with friends, and then spent 4 days out of town at a wedding. I drank heavily the night of the wedding. To me it was kind of my last hurrah before what I thought was going to be fertility treatments. My dr. told me it was highly unlikely I could get pregnant and I was waiting for period to come. Well that period never came and at the end of 5 weeks I had a positive test. The 1st week I felt awful. I am still waking up at night thinking about how irresponsible I was and feel horrible. Almost sick to my stomach about it. I guess there is nothing I can do at this point but from the sounds of it alot of people were/are in the same situation I am. I see my dr. next week and will talk to him about it....I just feel really bad and concerned.

daisyrun |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

My doctor explained to me that for the first month the baby has it's own protective sac (like an egg) and only later - once most of us have found out we're pregnant - does it get all it's nutrients from the placenta. She said this protects the baby from things like alcohol, etc, until we realize we're pregnant and can cut it out completely

MEGettinger |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

This is not a recommendation, but just a piece of info. I have friends who drank an occasional glass of wine while pregnant and their kid are beautiful.

ally2581 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I've also had several friends that had more than a few drinks on more than a few occassions before learning they were pregnant. All had very beautiful and healthy children. I had several drinks on an occassion before I found out I was pregnant (I was not trying to conceive!), and honestly, I'm not worried. People have been having babies for generations before we knew the dangers of alcohol and smoking, and the human race has continued to thrive. I'm not telling anyone to go out and booze it up, but I don't think one glass of wine will cause fetal death.

KatieBaby1984 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

@daisyrun : Are you willing to share how are you/your baby doing now? I am in a similar situation as you (several nights, multiple drinks weeks 4-5) so would really like to hear how things are going for you (good or bad). Found out I was pregnant week 6. Freaking out now. Thanks.

wheresmimi |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Your baby should be fine. Your intake doesn't get routed to the baby until the umbilical cord forms. Conception is before implantation so by the time the egg implants the alcohol should be out of your system.

SCSmithbride |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Same thing as whereamimi and daisyrun--I go out a lot with my husband and friends: football tailgaiting, bars, etc... and typically have more than a few drinks. We were trying for 8 months and never got pregnant. I decided to go back to school, so about 3 months ago we stopped trying and used other forms of birth control. I am super irregular on my periods, was cramping and my breasts hurt, but that always happens before I start. I thought I was about to get my period!! Nope, at my annual exam, they said I was pregnant! They thought it was an ectopic at first, but more sensitive ultrasound shows it in the right place it is just TINY, they think I could be 4 1/2-5 weeks pregnant. Need more bloodwork tomorrow to doublecheck. I had no idea!! Now, I am slightly freaking out, I've been drinking alcohol, redbulls, etc... Of course, I have stopped now and have no plans to drink caffeine or alcohol while pregnant (I just found out yesterday!). But what if something I did before I knew causes a problem? Yikes!!

MelNDoug |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I have the same fears... I found out I was pregnant when I was 5 weeks, and I usually have several drinks on the weekends. Right around the time I conceived I was very ill with the flu and I was taking Nyquil, dayquil and Mucinex every day for the first 2 weeks. I also pulled a muscle and took a few vicodins for it. I'm very nervous that I did some damage to the baby, hopefully everything will be okay though, thats all I can hope for!!

Rae83 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

You really dont have to worry until the development of the brain

gower2be |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

My opinion...why risk it at all? Shouldnt we be doing everything possible to make sure our babies are safe and healthy? I understand the fear...so i only drink while I'm actually on my period so i dont have to go through the worry that ive done something to my unborn child. personally...I cant take that risk.

waughj |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I had one beer before I knew I was pregnant. I am not a regular drinker on a normal day however so I am not very worried about it, Of course I have quit cold turkey now that I do know about the wittle one.

Spazkat1220 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

My sister-in-law got &*^%faced one weekend before she found out she was pregnant with her first child. Oh course she was concerned, but her son, now 8 is fine. He's super tall (projected to be 6' 8") and going well in school.

laura_and_josef |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I am in the same boat as many of you, I had been drinking heavily before I found out I was pregnant, I was actually drinking the night that I took the test, since then I havent touched any alcohol, or ciggarettes, I will see my DR. next week to find out how far along I am, I just hope my baby is alright.

kellyc07 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

i drank on two different occasions b4 finding out i was pregnant. I am a nurse, and once i found out i was pregnant i talked to a labor and delivery nurse who said i should be fine as long as i dont drink anymore. she also stated about 90% of women drink before they know they are pregnant! So hopefully our babies are growing healthy!

jaklumb |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Ladies, need to calm down... It is perfectly okay to have alcohol in moderation (1-2 glasses of wine/beer per week) while you are pregnant. Doctor's orders!

Jareandi |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

"Bottom line, if you can't wait 9 months for a drink it's probably a sign that you may need some sort of help with substance abuse...." If you are a medical student I feel sorry for anyone that ends up with you as a Doctor if you are this ignorant.

ShannonScott77 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

it takes 2 weeks for the egg to attach to your uterus, so noo,,, you're fine! :) dont evem worry about it, just make sure you dont drink anymore.

meganmyra |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Drinking before you know you are pregnant can significantly affect your cild. I had a false negative pregnancy test, irregular cycle and unplanned/unexpected pregnancy. I discovered I was pregnant at 5 weeks. I drank 2-3 drinks on weekends only and stopped when I found out. My pediatrician and good friends tried to tell me my child was fine but I knew he was different. I had him tested and he has significant memory and processing speed delays, ADHD and autism spectrum as well as some physical deformities. I live with profound grief and guilt. I feel it's my obligation to warn everyone. No contraception - no alcohol. Ever. Also get help right after birth. Early intervention is critical!

Hope112011 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Regarding the comments "In Europe, women continue to drink through out their pregnancy", I have to strongly disagree. My whole family is from Europe, and when I mentioned this to them, they were shocked. They quickly mentioned how their doctors all emphasized that drinking throughout pregnancy leads to severe learning & developmental disabilities. I had a friend that also swore that Europeans drank wine every week, so she too drank through her whole pregnancy. Now her baby is now over a year, they are seeing major issues with her developmental skills as far as crawling goes and her lack of growth.

mgrazier1 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I didn't know I was pregnant and went to a baseball game with my husband and some friends. i had a beer with lunch and a beer at the game but then got extremely bloated and sick feeling so i switched to water for the remainder of the day. 3 days later I took a pregnancy test and turns out I'm 6 weeks pregnant! I guess my body was telling me not to drink that day :)

holtschlag1984 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I read somewhere that if you drink during your pregnancy the child will enjoy alcohol more during its teen years, than a child whose mother didn't drink alcohol. i don't know if its true or not.

tikikt |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

As I was saying on other post on this site,alcohol is bad while conceiving and after.Pregnancy drinking is one of the top preventable causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities in babies.Any volunteer for drug rehab centers in Massachusetts center could tell you that alcohol can easily become a problem after birth.But if I wouldn't be worried if I were you.The amount you drank that night couldn't affect your baby because the fetus wasn't formed at that time.Plus the alcohol was out of your system by the next day.

ednamay |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I don't think you should be worried,but you should stop consuming alcohol while pregnant.Addiction is due 50 percent to genetic predisposition and 50 percent to poor coping skills. This has been confirmed by numerous studies. One study looked at 861 identical twin pairs and 653 fraternal (non-identical) twin pairs. When one identical twin was addicted to alcohol, the other twin had a high probability of being addicted. But when one non-identical twin was addicted to alcohol, the other twin did not necessarily have an addiction. Based on the differences between the identical and non-identical twins, the study showed 50-60% of addiction is due to genetic factors. Those numbers have been confirmed by other studies.Also the children of addicts are 8 times more likely to develop an addiction. One study looked at 231 people who were diagnosed with drug or alcohol addiction, and compared them to 61 people who did not have an addiction. Then it looked at the first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, or children) of those people. It discovered that if a parent has a drug or alcohol addiction, the child had an 8 times greater chance of developing an addiction. An alcohol rehab center can give the addict a second chance and help him.Some people may have given up the addiction without any help from a center,but not many can resist the relapse.A rehab center gives you a chance to cope with the addiction and can help you through its resources to put an end to the addiction.

cristiemandal |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Any doctor will tell you that alcohol can do a lot of harm to your baby when you are pregnant. It's better to enter a drug rehab program and rid of all vices before conceiving. This way your baby will develop normally and start with the most chances in life.

DavieAlvin |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I am only in my first trimester, but as our pregnancy was a surprise, I had 2 nights of getting drunk before I found out I had our little peanut in there. I am concerned, but I have stopped drinking since I found out and I think it's really the only thing that can be done. Worrying only causes stress on your body and is bad for the baby. I just think about the fact that I know quite a few people who have done the same thing, and all of their children have turned out happy and healthy.

CraftyKayla |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

same here. one glass of wine once a week or so isn't a problem at all. all of my docs said it, and the french live by it. i'm not going to let that comment about needing substance abuse upset me as it could..

liz.eckel |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

In my opinion the crap that is found in most packaged foods and FAST FOOD is going to do way more harm than a glass of red wine, which is found to be good for the heart and no evidence has been found in limited amounts to be harmful to a baby. I have a small glass of wine every now and again and my baby is doing GREAT.

Pinkmkgirl |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I had several drinks the first month I was pregnant. I didn't actually find out I was pregnant until the second month. i stopped drinking immediately. I expressed my concern with my midwife and was told everything would be okay. I really hope so.

jbutterfly82 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

No

babymiles77 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

@Hope... I am sorry about your situation, but stressing out over a few drinks before knowing they were pregnant will cause more harm for these mothers and their babies than the alcohol will. Ladies, everything will most likely be fine. Relax. And enjoy your pregnancy. The more you keep yourselves worked up about it, the more likely you are to induce other problems. God bless you all.

DSmothers |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

First, let me say that I'm not an expert. I'm 10 weeks, and my doctor stated that it was ok to have a glass of wine, on occasion, throughout pregnancy. She advised not to get drunk, or even tipsy.

sheroics |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I think most ladies here are well intentioned mothers to be and few, if any of you, are alcoholics or need to go to rehab. I wonder if these sanctimonious people saying such things just magically knew the second their egg was fertilized...and therefore knew to stop drinking right away. If so, that's a pretty special magic power, you should share with the rest of us and save our future children from FAS.

KmfMjf1024 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

It is best to avoid alcohol altogether while pregnant, although I doubt you need to worry about the night of conceiving. If you need help with an alcohol problem and are pregnant I would suggest getting help. This is a really great site: http://www.soberforever.net/alcohol-rehab.cfm

StJudeRetreat |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Before i found out i was pregnant i drank alot at a friends birthday party and i'm 6 months pregnant now and the baby is doing great so i wouldn't worry about it.

KristenKay91 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I found out I was prego at about 5 weeks. The night I found out, I had been out with co-workers and had been drinking and smoking cigarettes pretty heavily. I stopped both once I saw that positive test. I am now 21 weeks along in my first pregnancy. The baby is growing and all seems to be well with him and I feel fantastic! Don't stress about a few cocktails early on.

samn2284 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

You are totally fine. Just take a deep breath and keep focusing on being healthy and keeping healthy for the baby.

mommasimpson2013 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Its fine, i still enjoy a glass of wine once a week. People used to drink regularly back in the days and their baby turned out ok.

ssemovsk |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

no it wont effect the baby just as long as you dont drink while your pregnate the baby will be fine.

quanystacey2013 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I found out I was pregnant at about 3 or 4 weeks. I had a beer in my hand one night, took one sip, and just felt.. Like I shouldn't drink anymore. I had already suspected that I was pregnant, but something just told me to let the hubby finish that beer. Sure enough, a couple of nights later, we got a pregnancy test and BAM. Pregnant. Our bodies sometimes know before we actually do!

TamboSlice |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I have done a lot of research on this topic. There have been no medical studies done on pregnant women who drink 1-2 glasses of wine or beer per week. The studies on fetal alcohol syndrome were all done on women who were considered alcoholics. In Europe, drinking an occasional glass of wine is considered perfectly acceptable. In fact, many doctors think that up to 40% of women in the US and 70% of women in Europe drink several glasses of wine/beer per week, but they are too embarrassed to admit it. While I'm not going to go out and throw back a shot of Bacardi 151, if I feel like having a sip of my husband's beer, I'm not going to worry over it.

JenniferChess |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

My beautiful son is seven years old and is extremely intelligent and articulate for his age. My sister's wedding occurred during the week after he was conceived, and having no idea I was pregnant, I definitely overindulged on the champagne. I stopped drinking once the test came back positive, and obviously my little boy turned out just fine. If you had some drinks before finding out, it shouldn't be cause for excessive worry. However, chronically exposing a fetus to alcohol is dangerous, because some women's bodies actually metabolize alcohol into a harmful toxin (which is what causes fetal alcohol syndrome.) There's no way to know if you're one of these women (the mechanism is not well understood), so it's best to steer clear of alcohol all together once you realize you are pregnant. If you choose to drink, even a glass a week, do so knowing that you are potentially putting your baby's health at risk. If it's still worth it to you to have that drink, that is your personal choice. Be prepared to accept the potential consequence.

AbbyBarnesRN |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder will likely not result if you've had a few drinks that early. Full blown fetal alcohol syndrome occurs when a woman drinks heavy every day and gets wasted every day for her entire pregnancy (an actual alcoholic). I know someone who had one glass of wine every night for the entire duration of her pregnancy and baby was fine and continues to be fine years after birth. In many European countries it is socially acceptable to drink wine during pregnancy and doctors tell them drinking in moderation is safe AND they have a lower rate of birth defects than America. Actually in Europe if you order a salad while visibly pregnant, you will get the same judgmental stares a woman in America would get ordering a glass of wine visibly pregnant! You are putting your baby at more risk eating fresh veggies due to pesticides and bacteria than having a glass of wine.

Cerafina991 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

While it's always better to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy, a few sips here and there are not going to hurt your baby. My doctor said especially in the first month you are fine, as long as you stop when you find out. While I personally won't be having a glass of wine a week throughout pregnancy, I have read that it's perfectly ok and as other's have mentioned, European countries drink wine all the time and have perfectly healthy (if not healthier) babies. I live in wine country and it's definitely hard to avoid, so when we go wine tasting, I really try to enjoy the smell (since smells are more pungent) and I will take a sip just small enough to wet my tongue with the taste. Wine is good for the heart, and the soul, and whatever is going to make you less stressed, is probably better than anything you might consume...as long as it's in moderation! Our parents didn't have half the information or resources that we have and had us all perfectly healthy, so sit back, relax and enjoy this 9 months of one of the greatest miracles of life!

Babetini |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

Pregnancy is the most crucial and special experience that a mother faces in her life. During pregnancy she must be careful at all time, for her baby's sake. The mother must have good health condition. She must be too very cautious in what she eats or drinks in order for the baby to be born healthy. Although it is said that drinking beer or wine should be neglected during pregnancy, but it is not true. There are so many non-alcoholic wine and beer which can be taken during pregnancy, but it should be taken in a limit as extent amount can harm to your baby. I non-alcoholic beer, alcohol remains in very small numbers - about 0.5%, roughly the same as in ordinary yogurt. Non-alcoholic beer is made almost the same as the alcoholic one, but it is filtered twice and as a result the alcohol disappears. Health specialists say that non-alcoholic beer is less caloric, 100 gm of regular beer contains 45 or more calories, the non alcoholic drinks are about 31 calories. Homemade beer or wine can be healthier. Today there are so many companies which provide beer and wine brewing kits so it is easy to prepare wine during pregnancy. You can fabricate alcohol free wine easily at home. During my pregnancy I used Home Brew West beer making kits to prepare alcohol free beer. It is quite safe and easier to drink alcohol free beer during your pregnancy time.

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Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

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Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

My doctor told me it was safe to have a glass of red wine every now and then during pregnancy. Although I don't plan on drinking, it is nice to know that if we go to a party I can sip on a glass throughout the evening without it having devastating effects.

ChrisB |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I was a heavy drinker. Hell, I should just admit it. I am an alcoholic (can't say "was" because I was told that once you are, you are forever). We were trying to get pregnant for 14 months and were just about to give up when whammo! Positive! At that point I was drinking about 8 shots a night (I was about 5 weeks). I just told myself "okay I'm going to stop drinking!" But my BFF told me NOT to do that. The "detox" may actually hurt the pregnancy. So I wound up checking into a detox facility that specializes in pregnant mothers. I was there for just over 72 hours. They monitored me regularly and gave me medicine that would help with the symptoms of detox until the alcohol was out of my system. I got an ultrasound to make sure all looked well, but at 5 weeks there is not much to see! I am now 13 days sober (woot woot!) and have urges here and there, but baby is much more important to me!!! All appears to be well, and I did the right thing! So for those of you having a drink or two and freaking out - please don't!! The earlier you stop, the better, but if you are a heavy drinker - have the doctors help!!

AmberDoreen |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I have a question and concern. I got cramps right around the time my period was to start. I drank for 3 nights in a row at this time because I mistook the cramps for impending period ( thinking I could drink since I wasn't pregnant) but I was pregnant. I took a test about 2 days after my period was to start and I was pregnant. If I would have known I was pregnant earlier instead of thinking it was my period,, I could have avoided this guilt. Could 2 nights of drinking at this time be detrimental ( had 3 drinks both nights). My doctor said I'm fine but I'm feeling worried. Thanks.

Winter39 |

Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

If you want actual facts versus opinions or heresay, you need to go to the source and review all of the studies done on alcohol consumption and pregnancy. Emily Oster's book "Expecting Better" does a great job of this. The book was also featured in the Wall Street Journal. She reviewed tons of studies and actually found higher IQ levels and better behavioral test results amongst children of moms that had up to one glass of wine a day. Sure, this is not saying alcohol makes children smarter, there are other factors to consider (wealthier parents more likely to drink a glass of wine), but the children sure weren't worse off for it 4 or 14 years later. Also, the study that many people in the US go by from the Journal of Pediatrics in 2001 that said moderate alcohol consumption caused aggressive behavior later on in life, failed to report the fact that 42% of mothers that used alcohol also used COCAINE. And they were also more likely to be single parents. So, agreed that everyone is different and no one knows the specific amount that is safe, but, if you want to take a data driven approach versus just taking what people say at face value, you can find many, many studies that show that up to a glass is just fine (and could even make the jump from many studies that children of parents that chose to do this had higher IQs and were better behaved)and common practice in many places. Also, studies show that while drinking in that 2-week "I don't know I am pregnant period" can cause the pregnancy to never actual take hold, if the pregnancy does continue there is plenty of evidence to show it has no affect on the baby's development. Some doctors are starting to be more aware and open to this type of data versus outdated, biased US studies, including mine, who is one of the top OBs in Manhattan. Bottom line is look at the actual data, not just what you hear.

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Q&A: Danger of alcohol after conceiving?

I am sorry to the women who feel so awful for having a drink or two when they didn't even know they were pregnant. Most studies will tell you that it is perfectly ok to have a glass of wine/day of your pregnancy. The reason that there is no set amount on how much alcohol you can actually consume is due to not being able to do studies on pregnant women. I am 34 weeks pregnant and I had no clue that I was pregnant until I was 4 weeks. Prior to those 4 weeks I was drinking a lot due to it being March Madness which is a Holiday week in my house. We both take the week off work and have a party literally everyday. We have guest who come in from out of town...needless to say we drink a lot that week. Well I found out that I was pregnant the week after all of this and I have had a very good pregnancy so far! I did let my doctor know what I had consumed and she said that I was perfectly ok! My doctor thinks a glass of wine per week is fine other doctors say a glass per day is. Just use your own judgment as an adult mature women! I will say I feel comfortable with 1-3 glasses per week!

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