Some research suggests that a pregnant woman can safely drink a glass of wine without it being harmful to her unborn baby, yet many people think otherwise and suggest avoiding alcohol completely when expecting.
What are your thoughts on reaching for the occasional glass of wine whilst expecting? Do you believe it is safe to indulge in a glass or two or would it be better to abstain altogether?
If you have gone through pregnancy yourself, did you drink wine on occasion? If so, did you experience criticism when reaching for a glass?
My obstetrician, who has been practicing for over 40 years, said the small occassional glass of wine was acceptable. I probably had 4 glasses of wine total over two pregnancies- and all were special occaissions, where I really savoured a beautiful glass of quality wine.
BUT, I think the official, medical guidance should be to abstain completely. If an "acceptable" limit is publicised, too many mums-to-be will push the boundaries, then blame the advice they were given that it is okay. There is a real lack of personal responsiblity in society today (and too much cheap plonk readily available!).