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Drinking While Pregnant: Would you Risk It?

Some recent research is indicating that is may not be so terrible if a pregnant woman consumes alcohol while pregnant. What do you think?

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question relates to drinking alcohol while pregnant.

Drinking alcohol while pregnant has pretty much always been taboo. Yet, a series of studies conducted in Denmark earlier this year may be indicating that a little sip of wine - or perhaps even a whole glass - during pregnancy could be OK. Howevery, the results of the studies are far from definitive and surely don't help mothers-to-be draw the line between what's safe and what's not.

And that brings us to this week's Moms Talk question:

What are your thoughts about drinking alcohol during pregnancy?

Our Moms Council members include:

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International.
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Mary Anne Looby January 06, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Drinking while pregnant has not always been taboo. In the 60's and 70's, when I had my children the biggest taboo was your salt intake. I was not a drinker then, nor am much of one now, but I know plenty of women who drank an occasional beer or glass of wine. Smoking was also not a taboo. Now we know how dangerous smoking is, back then no one reallly knew much about it. We also didn't do ultra sounds unless there was a need for it. There were no baby moniters to listen to the baby while in labor, the first one I had was with my third child. No birthing rooms, no one in the delivery except the Father, and that was only if you had take Lamaze classes. Times have changed, mostly for the good, but the last thing that I would want then or now is a ton of family members standing around watching as I go through labor and delivery!
Beth January 06, 2013 at 01:46 PM
During the third trimester, I had a glass of wine periodically. At that point, most of the major functions on a baby are developed. So far, so good with my kids.
Jennie January 07, 2013 at 12:14 AM
I spent most of my twenties living overseas in Europe (England, France, Italy) and all the moms I knew drank small amounts of wine seemingly everyday of their pregnancy (granted, a 10 - 12% ABV wine - not the 14.7%ABV that most American wineries make). Once I was living back in the USA and expecting myself I was shocked by the view of 0-tolerance for a PG woman to have a glass of wine. People would stare at me in cafes and servers would question my order for a single glass of champagne--the bubbles felt so good! Even my OB (a fairly conservative doctor) said that a small glass or wine or beer would be fine--EVERYDAY! I found that after the morning/all-day sickness of the first trimester passed a small glass of champagne made me feel like a queen while pg. And after my winter baby was born a pint of Guinness beer warmed my soul just a tiny bit (and boosts iron levels--to believe my Irish landlady!) Heck, I even drank very small amounts of red wine and ale while breastfeeding!--You can only imagine the looks that I got when I did those two things at the same time in public! :-)
Lisa Amey January 07, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Before I knew I was pregnant with my first child, I had gone out with a bunch of friends and had a few drinks. Then when I knew, I was terrified I had done something awful during the crucial early development of my baby because of that! Of course, my OB said not to sweat it all. I was cautious thereafter, and developed gestational diabetes, so drinking at that point was out of the question in my case. But I surely feel it is okay if a healthy pregnant mom does it within reason.

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