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Should women drink wine when pregnant?

by EricaL (follow)
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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?

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While the research and science is still being debated, I think it's better to abstain.

We don't know yet if a single glass of wine is enough to damage an unborn child, but the risk is there... Why risk the health of your child when you can wait 9 months to drink?

Even if only 1 in 1000 babies are effected by it, imagine if your child was the one.
There are some online sources that are giving this idea a bit fat YES. Go for it, yet everything in moderation. This is good news for mums to be, who enjoy their occasional pinot noir.
Absolutely Not!
There is plenty of time to drink, before having a baby and later after baby.
If you can't give up some things while pregnant, then you are not giving that unborn a good start.

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!).
Definitely NOT! So, too, SMOKING!

There's something very wrong with a woman who cannot abstain from either before, during, & whilst breast-feeding.

Lack of control, no backbone, selfish, inconsiderate, lack of patience, are just some of the words to describe.

My babies' welfare was THE idea uppermost in my mind.
I drank freshly made veggie. & fruit juices, plus 'Maison', only non-alcoholic available at the time.

Ever seen a child with FAS? Not pretty. And a lifelong disability. NO cure.

Many other foetal problems occur, too. Just ask any Doctor or Paediatrician.
Makes 'a rod for your own back', & it could be SO easily avoided.........
I wouldn't...I mean, I would like to, but I wouldn't.
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