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Poll: Drinking during pregnancy (2295 member(s) have cast votes)

Did you drink during pregnancy

  1. No - it isn't worth the risk (1322 votes [57.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 57.75%

  2. Yes - but only in small amounts (659 votes [28.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.79%

  3. Yes - but only in the first trimester when I didn't realise I was pregnant (266 votes [11.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.62%

  4. Yes - throughout my entire pregnancy (42 votes [1.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.83%

Do you think it is irresponsible to drink while pregnant?

  1. Yes - I don't understand how anyone could put their baby at risk (1333 votes [58.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.24%

  2. No - as long as it only small amounts and definitely no binge drinking (939 votes [41.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.02%

  3. No - I don't think there is anything wrong with drinking while pregnant (17 votes [0.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.74%

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#1 .Ally.

Posted 28 January 2009 - 02:49 PM

Did you drink during pregnancy? Please vote in our poll below...

#2 poss71

Posted 28 January 2009 - 02:57 PM

You need another button "No because anything with alcohol tasted like nail polish remover" laughing2.gif (even trifle)

#3 CupcakeMumma

Posted 28 January 2009 - 03:22 PM

QUOTE
You need another button "No because anything with alcohol tasted like nail polish remover" laughing2.gif (even trifle)


Yes I agree!!!

#4 Guest_shauna'smum_*

Posted 28 January 2009 - 03:25 PM

I have had two pregnacies.
With Shauna I didint find out until 10 weeks (unexpected pregnancy) so I did drink during this time.

With Molly I had been TTC and a soon as I got those two lines I drank zero amount for the rest of the pregnancy.

Its not worth the risk, I remember watching a doco once and they gave a women a ultrasound after drinking once drink.
The foetus was making these weird spasm jerky movements resulting from the alcohol. nno.gif .

So even 'small amounts' make some sort of impact.

#5 silne

Posted 28 January 2009 - 03:31 PM

Only with DD1 before I realised I was pregnant (didn't get a BFP until I was 10 weeks). Had a couple of drinks at a friend's birthday dinner when I would have been around 4 weeks. Got pretty toasted off just two drinks too!

Never after that or with my other pregnancies no matter how much I craved a beer when DH was having one. DH abstained 95% of the time too because his drinking either made me queasy from the smell or I wanted one and didn't feel it was right to have even a taste.

#6 Boombox

Posted 28 January 2009 - 03:37 PM

How about "Yes, but after the first trimester".

I actually wonder what is the point of this poll? If the results show most women drink in pregnancy wont this lead to a feeling in pregnant/ planning on being pregnant women that it's "OK", while there is actually some convincing evidence that even moderate alcohol in pregnancy is a concern.

Why only ask about alcohol- how about smoking, other drugs?

#7 elleraN

Posted 28 January 2009 - 03:40 PM

Only the odd occasional glass is fine IMO.

#8 BeYOUtiful

Posted 28 January 2009 - 03:47 PM

No not in lost pg's and never would.

#9 chaosprincess

Posted 28 January 2009 - 03:59 PM

QUOTE
The foetus was making these weird spasm jerky movements resulting from the alcohol.

ohmy.gif

I personally could not put a glass of alcohol to my lips knowing I was pregnant. It may be my choice to drink, but it's not my baby's - why would I do that to them?

Everyone would jump up and down and declare child abuse if I fed my baby alcohol once it was born..... but why do some people see that it's ok do it before they are born?

#10 adnama

Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:04 PM

With DD's pregnancy i did - I didn't know i was pregnant, after as soon as i knew i didn't touch a drop even at my cousins wedding with the toast.

With DS i didn't have anything to drink, even at the wedding we attented.

#11 vonnegutesque

Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:18 PM

I did have an occasional drink during pregnancy - never in the first trimester (couldn't stand the smell let alone drink it anyway!) and by 'drink' I mean a splash of white wine in a glass with soda water. So less than half a standard drink.

I like the taste of wine, but would never consider any more than that while pregnant.

#12 6'n'out

Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:32 PM

While pg with my sons I craved alcohol, but not with my girls.  Has anyone else experienced this?  The most I have had to drink while pg is a mouthful of DHs beer.

#13 ecb

Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:32 PM

QUOTE
Everyone would jump up and down and declare child abuse if I fed my baby alcohol once it was born..... but why do some people see that it's ok do it before they are born?


Reveness (Mel) - this is exactly what I say to people when they ask me whether or not I am drinking or offer me a glass of wine and I tell them I'm not interested.  I'm surprised how many people respond with, "but it's okay to have just one".  Not for me it's not (and back off with the attempted peer pressure and just respect my choice).  

Obviously this is a very personal decision for every pregnant lady but for me I just can't stop coming back to the bit about not giving newborns alcohol yet when they are in utero it's the same thing.

#14 BeYOUtiful

Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:42 PM

Yes ecb you are right it is a personal choice. Having ttc to have a child for so many years I find it selfish that some cannot just forego having a drink for a few months and whilst breastfeeding.  Even if it is half a glass, if you only need half a glass surely you can go without.  Sorry if this sounds offensive, each to their own and all that but it is something I will never understand, however being in our situation no one could really expect any differently.

Raveness ~ I totally agree with your post.

Edited by ~Jane05~, 28 January 2009 - 04:44 PM.


#15 ~rainbowwithin~

Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:43 PM

No not intentionally. I had a few drinks not long before I found out I was 7 weeks preg with DD2 and I felt guilty as and was sooo worried it may have affected her in some way.

There is no way I would drink alcohol Knowing I was Pregnant.

Oh and I cant stand it when ppl offer you a drink while pregnant and when you say they say "just one wont hurt"  rant.gif

#16 Duck-o-lah

Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:03 PM

Yes I have. I wasn't able to stomach it until about 9 weeks.
Since then, if I crave wine I add a splash to soda water. Otherwise I might nick some of DH's beer or have a sip of red wine. It would amount to less that 1 standard drink per week.
Personally I get offended if I'm out and people don't offer me a drink. I can always say no, but as PP have mentioned, it's my choice, not theirs original.gif

#17 Theophobic

Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:06 PM

LOL wow!

I chose yes throughout the entire pregnancy and No nothing wrong with it, thinking it would be funny as I'd be the only one voting that.

Apparently I was wrong. Oops.

I didn't drink at all but then again I wasn't legally old enough until I was 37 weeks so I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.  grin.gif

#18 Divine 35

Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:13 PM

Never.

#19 AuntyK

Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:20 PM

I also think there is a difference in what people consider to be 'occasionally'. For me, that is a glass of champers at Christmas or my Birthday. Whereas another person may have occasionally as a glass of wine every weekend.

Yes, I have drunk alcohol during pregnancy. Like I said, I pour a glass of champers on Christmas. I rarely get through the whole glass, my body just doesn't like it any more. But I do like the taste of it and like to have that special celebration.

But that is very different to the person who has a glass of wine (mixed or not) every weekend or two.

K

#20 Canberra Chick

Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:26 PM

QUOTE
I did have an occasional drink during pregnancy - never in the first trimester (couldn't stand the smell let alone drink it anyway!) and by 'drink' I mean a splash of white wine in a glass with soda water. So less than half a standard drink.

I like the taste of wine, but would never consider any more than that while pregnant.


Likewise.

I allowed myself a very small glass of champagne at Christmas, a tablespoon of brandy with tonnes of soda for midnight at New Year and half a light beer about 2 weeks ago. I actually had 100 ml of white wine (carefully measured and diluted in soda) once a week with DS, and this was deemed perfectly fine by my midwife and GP.

But this time I really haven't even wanted to drink. I wonder, if like valerieo, this means I'm carrying a girl this time?  unsure.gif
The smell of booze made me ill this first trimester and even now red wine smells wrong. Whereas with DS I really was being good and denying myself.

#21 ~Alchemy~

Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:27 PM

I had approximately 3 small glasses of wine throughout my whole pregnancy for 'special' occasions. On two occasions, I wouldn't have been able to stomach a second glass, on one occasion, I thought 'mmmm I can't wait till I can have a few more of these'.

#22 **Kaz**

Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:31 PM

Yes I did and only because I didn't know that I was pregnant until I was 24 weeks.  Yes I had symptoms of being pregnant but 3 tests done at the Dr's each told me that I wasn't.

#23 AgentProvocateur

Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:57 PM

I had no alcohol at all during my pregnancy.

I figure they know its harmful, but they don't know at what level.  So if my intake is zero, then I have removed the risk.

Its 9 months out of your life.  If you can't do that for your child, then that is pretty poor.

#24 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 28 January 2009 - 06:11 PM

If we had a special occasion, I'd have a half a glass of wine or champagne. Definitely no spirits. I had a few over new years when I was first pregnant with my first as we didn't really know.

#25 Aquarius~

Posted 28 January 2009 - 06:13 PM

I will admit that I do have a beer every now and then but not very often.

I did have a beer on new years eve.




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