We had my first OB GYN appointment on Monday. It reminded me of the main thing I look forward to at each appointment during pregnancy – the little heartbeat. It really does get me every time. Seeing that little flicker on the screen just fills my heart with so much love for this little bean. 8 weeks along and Dr H says everything looks great with strong heart beat and pretty much “normal” across all checks.
Now onto the point of this post…drinking booze while pregnant.
My personal take is that while it is considered safe to have a glass of red wine every now and then, I would rather just avoid it completely. It really isn’t that hard and I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I actually really wanted a drink during my last pregnancy – and even then the feeling passed quite quickly. Never mind the fact that I am one of the lucky ladies who gets to experience all-day-sickness during all three trimesters of pregnancy, and I think that dehydrates me enough without adding liquor to the mix.
The funny side to all of this is how people seem so sad that you can’t drink. Why? You are not pregnant. Nothing is stopping you from boozing it up, and there really is no need to apologise to me when you order a beer or wine or shot of something na-sty while I am waiting for my lime and water. It’s not like I got knocked up by a random or anything, that this was done to me without my consent. I made this choice with my hubby, this is what we wanted, so obviously I accepted all of the terms and conditions that go along with pregnancy before the ‘seed was sewn’ (as they say – I don’t know who ‘they’ are but ‘they’ say it).
I think it is because they are worried that I will not have as much fun, that every time we are out I might get bored or something because I can’t get drunk off my face. Or that I will want to go and crawl into a corner to fall asleep. Let me just clarify though – I will not fall asleep because I can’t drink and am bored, I will fall asleep because I am pregnant and I have a little parasite (that we love of course) restricting all of my energy like Escom during loadshedding. (it’s a South Africa thing)
The reality is, I have always been able to have just as much fun without alcohol as with it. It really doesn’t bother me. I am actually quite proud of the fact that, even before we started our little family, I was fairly drinking fit but I have always been able to have a jol until all hours of the morning, completely sober, if that is what I wanted to do. And the biggest plus side – I didn’t wake up still drunk or hanging like a half dead bat the next morning!
Anyway, morning sickness is kind of like a hangover but without the fun of drinking beforehand, so if you come and hang out with me the morning after your drunken night out of debauchery then it will be like we are experiencing the same after affects – just with different causes.
Awesome friends of ours just got hitched this last Saturday and we were there until just before the venue closed, and the weekend before that I was away for an overnight girls escape for the bride’s 70’s Disco themed hen party, and I stayed up just as late as the die-hard drinkers. I got dressed up and danced the night away and had an absolute blast – completely sober…Yes you naysayers, it can be done.