I Drank While Pregnant, Did You?

drinking while pregnant
Me, clowning around with an unlit cig and a beer at my baby shower.

Cecilia and I had been friends since childhood, so when she went to pour me a second glass of wine and I refused, the jig was up.

“Oh my God, you’re pregnant!” she exclaimed.

My face turned almost as red as the cabernet. “How did you know?” I asked, astonished.

“Because you never say no to a second glass of wine!” she replied.

It’s true — I love to drink — and I wasn’t going to let a little thing like pregnancy stand in the way of my joie de vino … I just knew I had to drink in moderation. I blushed and told her, yes, I was pregnant. Cecilia, beaming happily at me, poured me another tiny sip of red, just enough to swallow after a toast to the 9 months ahead.

Unlike my fellow blogger Monica Bielanko, I never got “the stink eye” for having a drink in public, and so I never felt guilty about it, either.  If you’d like to read more about why I think it’s okay to enjoy a glass of beer or wine a day while pregnant, visit my Babble feature Joie de Vino.  Then let me know how you feel about drinking while pregnant in the comments below!

Special Babble Issue: Alcohol and Pregnancy, looks at both sides of the argument.

Article Posted 6 years Ago

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