Congratulations! Now that you know you’ll be a dad soon, here’s another thing you need to know: you’re gonna need a cocktail. Several. Trust me. After having a front row seat to my wife’s pregnancies, I speak from experience.
The next nine months (and beyond) offer a roller coaster of emotions, and a stiff drink every once in a while is a good (and necessary) thing. But rather than simply throw down a six-pack to help you cope with the extreme mood swings your partner is sure to experience, I recommend going the extra mile. To that end, I’ve carefully compiled a list of cocktail pairings to help survive each stage of your wife’s pregnancy.
First Trimester — Ginger Mint Juleps
Conception is a wonderful, miraculous thing. It’s time to celebrate your baby news! So what better way to do it than with a mint julep as a nod to your sweetie who will be carrying your future bundle of joy in her belly? Plus, the mint sprig serves a dual purpose, as women are especially prone to taste and smell aversions in the first trimester.
Best to be mindful of her morning sickness with a little fresh garnish. Ginger is light and refreshing and won’t give you bad breath when kissing your partner. She might not be in the mood for intimacy, but you don’t need to give her any more reasons to turn you away. The mint julep is a sensible option for this very important initial phase of pregnancy. (via Gimme Some Oven)
Second Trimester — Mai Tai
Think of the second trimester as the “honeymoon period” of pregnancy. As such, you owe it to yourself to throw back a tropical cocktail you may have enjoyed on your actual honeymoon!
Her nausea has subsided for the most part. She’s more energetic, less hormonal, and — if you’re lucky — her libido has returned. What better way to survive the middle phase of her pregnancy than with that rum-infused drink you enjoyed on the beach once upon a lovely time?
And if you really want to have some fun, make her a virgin Mai Tai (just replace the booze with more fruit juice) so she can enjoy fond memories with you while looking forward to what the future holds. (Just don’t bust out any pre-pregnancy swimsuit shots of her from your first trip as a married couple … it might ruin the festive mood.) (via Chew Out Loud)
Third Trimester — Kahlúa and Coke Ice Cream Float
The third trimester can be challenging for your partner. She’s likely suffering from fatigue along with swollen ankles, feet, and legs. She’s peeing a lot and probably not sleeping very well, either.
Carrying around another human inside of you is no small task! As such, a drink that might help ease tensions is this newfangled take on an old-fashioned treat. Like a root beer float, the Kahlúa and Coke Float hits the spot for many reasons. And like the mocktail you can prepare your lady during the second trimester, she’s sure to enjoy the key ingredient from this pregnancy phase’s selection: ice cream!
Trust me; you’ll be getting her ice cream anyway, so you may as well knock out two birds with one stone. (via The Shabby Creek Cottage)
Labor — Vodka Red Bull
It’s game time, people! Labor can be intense for all parties. You may need a boost to help get you through it since you never know how long it’s going to last. May as well go with an energy drink and a little vodka!
One of my favorite drinks as an amateur mixologist is something I dubbed the “Goose Bull Free,” which includes a shot of Grey Goose vodka combined with sugar-free Red Bull (gotta be a little healthy, right?). It’s simple and yet so darn good.
And your partner will appreciate that there’s ice involved. It’s a good idea to set aside a separate bag of ice chips for your warrior woman while you drink. Be sure to pace yourself and stay in the moment though! The most important thing during this crucial stage of pregnancy is to be her rock — not sink like one when your offspring makes their worldwide debut. (via The Spruce)
Postpartum — Irish Coffee
Just because baby is here doesn’t mean the drinking has to stop! Quite the contrary, my friend. Quite the contrary. But seriously, during these initial stages of welcoming your newest addition, it’s best to have a cocktail with a little caffeine in it.
Take my advice: you won’t be sleeping much early on in your little one’s life, so load up on the coffee. Irish Coffee, that is. (via Nutmeg Nanny)
As you enjoy the diversity of these pregnancy pairings, please drink (and parent) responsibly. Cheers!