Alcohol consumption before confirmed pregnant

Posted on September 11, 2010. Filed under: Health, Pregnancy | Tags: |

Is there any safe alcohol consumption when trying to get pregnant?  In other words, is minor alcohol consumption an OK risk in the very earliest stages before you know you’re pregnant?

I’m not Ms. Alky Hall or anything, but it is a little tough to be on the honeymoon and not have a nice wine with dinner.  I have searched the internet and there are mixed reviews – some say once you decide to start trying for a baby, stay away from alcohol completely.  Other seemingly reputable websites say that in moderation, it’s not harmful in small doses, but to stop once you know you’re pregnant.  Still others say that you can time alcohol consumption based on your fertility period to avoid the risk.  Alcohol passes through the placenta, and before the baby is attached via placenta, there is probably low risk.  But doesn’t the placenta develop super early on?  Like 10-12 days?

Seems complicated.  I guess it will just have to be ginger ales and Shirley Temples for me until I figure this thing out.  It may take months and months to get pregnant – maybe I can’t get pregnant for some random reason, I don’t know, it’s still early in the game.

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