Should pregnant ladies drink even just one?

On a recent episode of “How I Met Your Mother” Lily announces that her doctor says it’s OK for her to have “just a little bit” of alcohol and sushi while she’s pregnant. (See part of the scene above apparently pulled from French TV.)

The scene is funny because sooo many women say the same thing. It’s only one drink or it’s late in my pregnancy. One drink won’t hurt the baby.

Well, now some doctors are leaning away from the “just a little bit” plan and are going even further to say that women who even have the possibility of getting pregnant shouldn’t be drinking either.

From Time Healthland:

“The end of the first trimester appears to be the period when alcohol can wreak the most havoc on fetal development, causing physical deformities as well as behavioral and cognitive symptoms, according to research in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.”

“According to the March of Dimes, about 1 in 12 women admit to drinking during pregnancy, and 1 in 30 say they binge-drink, or consume five or more drinks at one sitting. Exposure to alcohol in utero leads to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in about 40,000 newborns every year in the U.S. While adults can break down alcohol relatively safely, still-developing fetuses tend to keep more alcohol in their blood, which can hinder the development of brain and body.”…

(Click here to read more on the numbers from the study.)

“While the data reinforce current guidelines that expectant moms avoid alcohol, it’s particularly difficult for those in the first days of pregnancy, especially since 50% of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. That means most women may not even become aware they are pregnant until the middle or end of the first trimester….”

“The authors agree, writing that:

“ ‘Based on our findings, there is no safe threshold for alcohol consumption during pregnancy with respect to selected alcohol-related physical features. Women who are of childbearing age and who are contemplating or at risk of becoming pregnant should be encouraged to avoid drinking, and women who are pregnant should abstain from alcohol throughout pregnancy.’ ”

That is much tougher language and warning than I ever heard during my three pregnancies. I don’t really remember drinking during any of my pregnancies. I do remember with one of the pregnancies – and I can’t remember which one – telling the midwife that I had drank before I knew I was pregnant and she said don’t worry about it. I guess I knew I was pregnant in the first two weeks of pregnancy not a month along.

I do remember being shocked watching a very pregnant friend down margaritas and she just kept telling us she was almost to delivery so it didn’t matter.

What do you think of this new stronger warning to women NOT to drink at all if they are pregnant or if they have the possibility of getting pregnant? I think that part is going to be a tough one to sell. Did you drink at all while you were pregnant? What about before you knew? What advice did your doctor give on drinking?

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January 24th, 2012
1:01 am

I think that is a question each lady should ask herself. My wife asked and decided NO. She also decided the SMALL risk of using drugs during delivery was an unacceptable risk for a little bit of pain and delivered “natural.”

Why don’t you do a column on abortion next Theresa if you are trying to pad your post count with invective filled posts lol. I’m sure the Baptists will be out in force on this one and you can reel them in even more with abortion………


January 24th, 2012
1:05 am

EDIT FOR CLARITY: I was referring to an occasional drink, not to your drunken crack head friend who tossed down quarts of tequila each a day Theresa.


January 24th, 2012
2:09 am

I had a very sluggish labor, what some nurses at the time termed “stalled”, with my first baby. They kindly told me I wasn’t really in labor, and sent me home twice, to stare at the clock and time contractions that were 6 or 7 minutes apart for several hours. The second time they sent me home, the nurse told me to go home, sit by the pool and have a glass of wine (we were in Florida) to “relax”. Okay . . . !

I’m not a big drinker — maybe a glass or two of wine twice a month, if that. I remember going to a wedding, and having half a glass of champagne when I was six months pregnant. You’d have thought I was snorting cocaine, the way some of the girls reacted (ones, by the way, who had never been pregnant . . .)

I wonder if the wine used in communion is verbotten . . .

From here, it seems like the problem is that they can’t determine WHAT a safe level is. To tell all women of childbearing age that they should abstain from alcohol is unrealistic. Luckily, women today can tell much, much sooner if they are pregnant than we used to be able to tell — I suspect that will cut down a lot of early alcohol consumption.

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January 24th, 2012
7:02 am

No drinking here, pregnant or not. If I were a drinker, I would like to think I would not have done so during pregnancy. I have certainly tasted alcohol several times. I am fortunate that it isn’t an option for me–my grandfather (who died before I was born) was an alcoholic and my dad went through a period where he had a drink every day (I never saw him drunk) so it is best that I stay far, far away from it. I MIGHT one day find a drink I liked the taste of, and I think I’d be in the gutter in a matter of weeks. So, no alcohol for me.

Besides, I get real goofy when I have too much water! My friends know to watch out for me at conferences, parties, etc. If I down too many glasses of water, look out! Luckily I am, on water, a “happy” drunk! My friends cut me off after two glasses.


January 24th, 2012
7:31 am

I think the safe route is no drinking while pregnant – for her; not for us of the male gender – we need to have drinks during this time!! :)
@catlady, seriously? That’s interesting — I’ve never heard of anyone getting “drunk” on water!

Look at history

January 24th, 2012
8:08 am

My MIL had three babies during the 60s and 70s. During that time, women drank liquor and smoked while pregnant. It was not discouraged. All of her children, my spouse included turned out just fine cognitively and emotionally. The reality of the matter is that no one actually knows whether or not a periodic glass of wine hurts a baby, especially during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. No one will approve research on alcohol and pregnant moms, but look at history. A majority of late 30 somethings and forty year olds were born to a generation of drinking pregnant moms.


January 24th, 2012
8:26 am

I personally did not drink while I was pregnant. My choice of course. I don’t think a drink on a rare occassion would cause issue but I didn’t want to take any chances with my baby.


January 24th, 2012
8:38 am

I had the same doctor for all 4 pregnancies. She told me having one glass of wine occassionally, is not bad for the baby. So I did. All four of my kids are healthy. And active.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 24th, 2012
8:59 am

Fred – I’m not understanding. This is really a big change from what women have been told in recent years — that it was OK to have just a little bit but now this report is saying not at all —

I would guess the Communion wine would be OK because it literally is a sip — if you poor yourself a glass of wine at home or in a restaurant I’m pretty sure it would be more than a sip — it would the be the glass.

I’m thinking about the movie the Snapper — where they drink through the entire pregnancy — and smoke. That was shocking even when that came out in 1993. and I was still in college. (Maybe I didn’t see it until later)

My Doctor

January 24th, 2012
9:15 am

My doctor told me that I could either have a glass of wine or take a prescription during my last pregnancy for a sleep problem. I opted for the wine.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 24th, 2012
9:23 am

They did give me Ambian the day before I delivered to help me sleep.

K's Mom

January 24th, 2012
10:28 am

The change in philosophy has likely come about due to a CYA issue, period. My doc is very reasonable and I am currently pregnant. I can have fully cooked sushi and pastuerized blue cheese.

I had 2 or 3 beers in the last trimester of my first pregnancy and had a perfectly healthy baby. I had a migraine last weekend which after 40 hours ended me up in the ER and on narcotic pain meds for 24 hours. I would have rather had a beer.

Last year there was a study on moderate wine drinking during pregnancy and it showed positive outcomes. Now do you think that it could be that most moderate wine drinkers are more educated and receive better prenatal care than those who reported heavy drinking or no drinking at all?

This subject will be discussed until the end of time and unless you are a falling down drunk you are probably making a good decisions for yourself and your kid.


January 24th, 2012
11:05 am

Just one more reason to be glad those days are behind me. Ugh.


January 24th, 2012
11:34 am

@K’s Mom – Nicely said.

My OB gave me the same advice others mentioned. Seems like some of the ‘new’ wisdom would have pregnant women live in a bubble, then hop out and put their baby into it after birth. I had a Guinness and a glass of wine in my 3rd trimester, and DD was (and is) healthy as a little horse.

Don’t think I would change anything next time and am not changing anything since I am technically ‘trying to conceive.’ Bunch of nonsense IMHO – Drs say ‘eat eggs’, ‘no, don’t eat eggs’, ‘okay, eat eggs’…


January 24th, 2012
11:37 am

Once more the idiots in society are getting entire institutions to change their philosophy and rules to play CYA. There are alcoholics who get pregnant and there always have been. Drug users too! In Utopia nothing bad would happen, but in the real world some women booze it up or smoke it up, snort it or shoot it regardless of being pregnant -and it’s terrible. Your friend downing margaritas because she was near her due date was stupid. While the fetus is in the womb -even if most development is done -it’s still receiving whatever you eat or drink! One margarita -okay -but several is reckless and somewhat pathetic.

I drank plenty before I knew I was pregnant both times. I found out I was pregnant shortly after missing my first period, so it wasn’t an extended time into pregnancy. Throughout both pregnancies I had occasional glasses of wine or champagne. Not many -and only one at a time with food.

The food restrictions are so stupid in my opinion! I ate whatever I wanted -soft cheese, luncheon meat, sushi -women the world over eat all of these things and have forever! The worst listeria outbreak in the country was last year from canteloupe! People can do what they want, but you don’t have to cut out foods and the occasional drink is still okay -it’s when you can’t stop at one or are doing it every day that there’s a problem.

K's mom

January 24th, 2012
11:46 am

Thanks JOD. I have decided that most of these “studies” and “reports” are either CYA based or put out by some group trying to lobby their child raising philosophy. If you look at most of them with a skeptical eye you can figure out what the bias is and go back to acting as you normally would.

I have found that common sense and a sense of humor are the two biggest attributes you need while raising kids. Most everything else is fluff and personal decision.


January 24th, 2012
12:16 pm

When I was pregnant I had a lady go bonkers on me because I *dared* to eat a steak that was pink to red…ie not well done….And didn’t I know all the risks.

YEP sure did. Spoke to a CDC authority on the subject & my doctor. At that time (13 years ago) the worry was about bacteria found on the outside of a solid piece of beef or through out ground beef. Because the outside was being cooked to a nice grilled brown all of that *bad* bacteria would be killed off and the inside (which never got exposed to air, the outside of the beef, or cross contaments would be fine.

Caffine was another one (though I only consulted the OB on that). I craved it with baby #2. She said one glass of tea or a soda would be fine.

My babies were never harmed and both continue to be healthy….Though one is rather too thin, I doubt the caffine or steak is the issue.

My point is that you should do all you can to keep a baby safe, including what you eat. However, it is still best to go with your gut and your doctor. Get the facts and make a decsion….same thing you do as a parent.

Unless your OB is Dr. Addison Montegomery, I wouldn’t worry about what a TV doctor has to say.

K's mom

January 24th, 2012
12:26 pm

@FCM, I find it infuriating that a complete stranger found it socially acceptable to reprimand you about your food choice because you were pregnant. I would have had a hard time keeping my lady like composure….

I craved beer during the worst of my morning sickness days in both pregnancies (so I get the caffiene craving). I could smell it and taste it in my brain. I obviously did not partake at that time, but I wondered if there might be something in it that my body wanted that would have settled my stomach…


January 24th, 2012
12:32 pm

Anyone with a brain wouldn’t drink at any point during pregnancy.


January 24th, 2012
12:49 pm

It can’t be that serious to go without a drink for 9-10 months. If it is then you might have a problem. Knowing that there’s even the slightest bit of risk to the baby and still drinking is just selfish.


January 24th, 2012
1:01 pm

I had 4 Bartles & James wine coolers on 4th of July, about three weeks before I found out I was pregnant with my first. Everything’s just fine…..

I couldn’t eat meat when pregnant. Salads was all I could take. I totally lost my appetite for meat of any kind, chicken, pork, etc. Because of that, I only gained 32 pounds with my first.

The other three, NOOOOOOOOOOO problems whatsoever……

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 24th, 2012
1:04 pm

I remember in the breastfeeding classes at Piedmont there was a lot of discussions about pumping and dumping because these ladies were like I went nine months now I want a drink!!!!

give me a break

January 24th, 2012
1:07 pm

Can we please stop with all the sanctimonious crap we give pregnant women? When I was pregnant people felt that it was okay to comment on what I ate or didn’t eat, my weight, etc. It’s no one’s business but you, your spouse, and your doctor. Can’t we just be happy for others and let them make their own decisions, good or bad? Geesh!


January 24th, 2012
1:46 pm

No, no drinking; just the beginning of the self-sacrifice necessary for parenting. and NO WAY would I have taken an ambien while pregnant! Just because the doctor gives you a pill etc. doesn’t make it ok or safe! a beer would be safer. that stuff’s scary. so is diet soda – contains neurotoxin. For those of you saying alcohol’s ok, substitute “a joint” or “a hit off of a joint” and what would be the response? it’s a slippery slope…


January 24th, 2012
1:47 pm

Overly cautious… there may be no *proof* that a small amount of alcohol is safe for a pregnant woman, but there is also no *proof* it is unsafe. Many Europeans partake of the occasional glass of wine or what-have-you while pregnant and it is prefectly socially acceptable. What galls me is the superiority complex some people get and the audacity of them to judge and advise others when they clearly don’t have even half the facts.

In short, everyone should probably read up on the subject, from different viewpoints, and make their own decisions about their own behavior. And–like this will ever happen–keep your nose out of everyone else’s bidness.


January 24th, 2012
1:58 pm

Yes 4-5 drinks a day should be ok.

Pregnant Lady

January 24th, 2012
2:01 pm

I am 16 weeks pregnant and am so tired of all the recommendations and advice that are thrown at me…I agree with so many of the posts above. You cannot eat deli meat, hot dogs, meat – unless it is well-done, sushi, caffiene, water from the tap, or water from a plastic bottle because of BPH. The person above who said the largest, most recent outbreak of listeria was caused by cantaloupe is correct! (How many ladies try to eat more fruit because it is healthy for them and their baby?) You cannot take this medicine or that medicine, you can only sleep on your left side…I could go on but you get my drift. Statistically speaking, I and my unborn baby are more likely to be hurt or killed in a car accident. Have I quit driving? No. I was questioned in the break room the other day by a coworker because I was drinking a Diet Coke. I had a neighbor tell me that my 2 dogs, who are elderly and dearly-loved, will now just become “dogs” to my husband and myself…What the “f” is wrong with people? You cannot tell me they possibly care what I do or how I live my life. They are just busy-bodies and should keep their mouth shut. If I have a question or a concern, I ask my OB and any decisions I make are between her, myself and my husband. And, all you do-gooders out there…keep your opinions to yourself. If I want advice or your opinion, I will ask for it. End of story.


January 24th, 2012
2:14 pm

I agree with all of those saying that all of these new guidelines are just “CYA”. I personally think it’s crap. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having the occasional glass of wine when you are pregnant, and did so with both of my pregnancies. My children are healthy as can be. My doctor even told me it was okay to take Ambien on occasion. Pregnancy is hard enough without people contstanly looking at you and judging what you are eating, drinking or doing. What each woman chooses to do during HER pregnancy is up to HER! Mind your OWN business people!

K's mom

January 24th, 2012
2:20 pm

@ Pregnant Lady…AMEN! Just get ready though, it does not stop after you have your kid. You then get advice (mostly unsolicited) about breastfeeding, sleeping arrangements, pre-school etc. Find one friend that you trust who has a child about a year older than yours and rely on that friend to help you cut through the BS. Some days you will need to vent and some days you will truly need an opinion and that 1 friend will be invaluable.

I guess that is unsolicited advice, but it is the best advice that I got….

Roll Tide Mom

January 24th, 2012
2:21 pm

I drink when I want and what i want. I have 7 health babies and all of them can read and write. ya’ll dont know me!

Roll Tide Mom

January 24th, 2012
2:21 pm

I did however swith over to Marlboro lights when I was pregnant.


January 24th, 2012
2:23 pm

@Pregnant Lady

At the risk of upsetting you…b/c you don’t need anyone’s suggestions:

Sleep is what I missed most the first several months. So whenever you have an opportunity to catch a nap…take it! :)

Pregnant Lady

January 24th, 2012
2:39 pm

Thanks “K’s mom” and “FCM”…I don’t mean to sound like a nut job. I do appreciate your advice and think both of your comments are sound. I just don’t like the fact that people have started treating me this way. I am over 30, my husband and I are successful in our careers, we have a great marriage, we both are somewhat intellectual :), and yet I feel like I am being treated like a child myself. If one more person comments on my dogs, I think I am going to smack them…I was raised in a very animal-friendly atmosphere as a child. I had chickens, dogs, cats, fish…you name it. I have loved dogs my whole life and I’ve nearly always had one. We just had to put our 17 year-old rescue to sleep in December, which was very traumatic. While I know there will be an adjustment period for all of us, I am not the kind of person who chooses the path of least resistance or disposes of animal because it suddenly is an inconvenience. I will now stop with my diatribe! Ya’ll have a pleasant day!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 24th, 2012
3:04 pm

I agree that finding one mom that you think is doing a good job is a good thing. Keith who sometimes fills in for me on the blog is my go-to mom. She is several years ahead of me — her oldest will be in high school next year — could that be right?!!! — and I feel like she is a really smart mom. When I am not sure what to do I will often call Keith for advice. She is a sound thinker on most matters and I think it is equally true with child rearing.

My first playgroup was also a brain trust for me and sometimes still is. I can email or Facebook them for advice. They are all college-educated, smart ladies whom I share similar values. That is what you want to look for in mom friends.

I have met three moms out here that I like to consult with as well — each with their specialties. It’s nice to have friends that you trust for advice.


January 24th, 2012
3:20 pm

Pregnant Lady — obviously the beloved pups are not going to be neglected. However, they will have to accept that you have one more member of the “pack” to attend too. Remember dogs are pack mentality.

My brother’s dogs were funny. One would “herd” my older one while the other sat at my feet while I fed the baby…and nobody better try to come near that feeding baby! His job was to make sure the youngest member (once they accepted her into the pack)stayed alive.

My dog we got about 6 months ago. He is the baby but he thinks that same second child (now 9) is his age and his personal buddy for play. Unfortunately his play involves scratches.

It is all going to be fine, the WHOLE family (dogs are family) is going to adjust to your baby.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 24th, 2012
3:42 pm

Our little dog has always been our thirds best friend — when the other two went off to school she played with the doggie.

The dogs will get less attention during the day but at night when the baby is asleep they can curl up with you and get their love. Our dog knows I’ve got no time for him during the day but at night he gets in my lap while we watch tv and get his love.

Cabernet Savey

January 24th, 2012
3:46 pm

It’s funny how every few years or so a new study comes up which correlates to society’s whimsical BS. In another 5 years a new study will surface saying that only Malt Liquor should be imbibed during pregnancy. I just had my first child and was stone drunk during the entire second trimester. Besides the rabbit ears and goat hooves he’s perfectly healthy. Kiss my arse, and I’ll drink to that!


January 24th, 2012
3:57 pm

I did not drink while pregnant. I also got lots of advice from people and it really did not bother me. I read tons of books and tried to take it all in, the first time. I was told not to drink any caffeine and did not even drink tea or coffee. My doctor did not want me to take cold medication, without asking him.

Our neighbor was in her 70’s but very spry and a dear soul. She kept trying to convince me to use ” bird’s eye” and hang them on the line to dry and let the sun bleach them. At first, I had no idea what she was talking about but then found out it was cloth diapers. We did use Pampers, Huggies and most anything else I had a coupon for. When our son spent a few hours with her ( so that we could go out to dinner) she held him the entire time. She was so mesmerized with him. He was a big baby and she was kind of petite. She sat with him on her lap. We did not have cell phones back then and our family lived a thousand miles away. I showed her how to do the diapers and the wipes. When we returned, she commented; ” I am going to tell all of my friends at the garden club how wonderful those disposable diapers are!” It was too funny and we never heard another thing about washing diapers from her!

The thing that did bug me was when strangers would come up to me and pat my belly.

I am happy that some of you are finding a person farther on the sidewalk of life, to confide in. This has helped me all through my life and whenever either of my two decide to get married, I will be on the look out for a friend to give me advice. I know a few that will be perfect.

We had the same dog when both of ours were born . With our son, he slept under the crib and was very protective. With our daughter ( son was 5) he looked at us like he wanted to say,
“Really…here we go again! “

Cabernet Savey

January 24th, 2012
4:00 pm

Yall a bunch of yentas. Pass me another jaeggar bomb!


January 24th, 2012
4:06 pm

@Pregnant Lady – You go, girl! Both of our dogs loved DD as a baby, and still today. We brought home one of her hats and some clothes from the hospital so they could smell them. They were very gentle when we got home since they had an idea what was coming (at least until she cried!).

@MJG – I’m so glad no one touched my belly without permission. I would have torn her arms off and beat her to death with them.

K's mom

January 24th, 2012
4:37 pm

@Pregnant Lady-I was 35 when my first was born and will be 37 when this second one comes and it does not matter, you could be 85 and someone will know better than you. Like you, my husband and I were educated and successful, but some people still knew better than us. I have made some mistakes and mis-steps along the way but everyone does and the advice of a busybody rarely keeps you from those.

My first baby was my dog too and you will love your dog(s) even more with a little one. Our 20 month old pulls ears, tails, paws etc and our doggy just goes with it. The funniest thing in the world is to watch them chase each other. You will also find your dog playing with your child’s toys and your child chewing on rawhide at some point and it will make you howl with laughter!


January 24th, 2012
4:39 pm

The advise/studies will drive you ABSOLUTELY CRAZY when you are pregnant. You’ve got to find a way to take everything with a grain of salt.
My kids are 11 and 8. Born in Cobb County. I was told not to drink, at all, while pregnant. I do believe it is a CYA thing. If doctors say, you can drink in moderation, some ignorant people will down 10 beers every Friday night and say “I’m not drinking every day, my doctor says this is okay”
Here is how I’ve always understood the drinking/pregnancy thing. Alcohol in limited amounts does not harm a fetus (i.e.. a glass of wine now and then or even one every night) however, getting drunk or drinking to excess even once during critical times of development can cause lasting damage. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a real and these kids suffer for life because of it.
To me there are common sense pregnancy no-no’s (cigarettes, hard drugs, addictive medications) other things like alcohol and caffeine can be used in limited amounts by people with common sense.
I never drank while pregnant, but then, I never felt like drinking until AFTER I had kids. :-)


January 24th, 2012
4:56 pm

WE love dogs and have always had a dog. Not all dogs are the same. Some are great with kids and some are not. We know someone whose grand daughter was on the back porch with their dog while grandma popped inside to get something. The child reached for food that belonged to the dog and the dog nearly ripped her face off. LOTS of stitches. Use common sense and do not put your dog in a position to hurt your child. Our lab was so docile, that our daughter stuck a coffee stirrer up his nose and said, ” Look Mommy, this fits! ” He never flinched. She also put her hair clips on his ears and a pony tail stretchy around his muzzle ( when I was not in the room with them) . I am not sure the schnauzers, we have had, would be as patient. Do not take any chances…yes, I am telling you what to do because dogs can react quickly and you will not want to have permanent damages on your child for negligence on your part. I LOVE dogs but I love my children more. As homeschooler has said, use common sense. Sometimes we all need to be reminded.

Soccer MILF

January 24th, 2012
5:15 pm

I am currently pregnant with my 8th chilld and I still can down a case fo Milwaukees Best…..I may however drop cigerettes for Skoal.

K's mom

January 24th, 2012
5:45 pm

MJG, good advice, all dogs are different and we have been very fortunate.


January 24th, 2012
7:08 pm

with my first baby i actually had a waitress at a diner almost shout at me when my friend and i ate there…i sat with my ;egs crossed indian style…which is how i always sit…she said it would make the baby’s cord wrap around its neck!! who knew??!! lol
with my last baby i craved beer…never even liked it before—doc and pediatritian both told me it was fine to drink a beer. when i was nursing my last one she had a little nervous breakdown everyday and her doc told me to drink a glass of wine right before it started…i asked her if the wine would get in my milk and calm her down…she said who knows but it will dang sure calm you down lol…just use your common sense…you really dont need to get falling down drunk when you are pregnant because you really dont want to be falling down…right?


January 25th, 2012
9:14 am

one glass of sangria at 7 months pregnant each time. since it has more juice, fruits and less alcohol, its really not that bad. but boy was that sangria good :). anything would be good after not drinking anything for 7 months. :)


January 25th, 2012
9:22 pm

I’m sorry I didn’t check back in on this one lol. I was wrong about the direction I thought it would take.

@Theresa on your comment back to me: Never mind. I missed it and the moment is past, besides it wasn’t a big thing. You go girl.

Anne Ruseell

January 31st, 2012
12:52 am

Alcohol is a teratogen the same as mercury or thalidomide – if i had my time over again i wouldnt have gone near alcohol unfortunately i drank during both my pregnancies and both my children have Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. My youngest child has a significant disability, cant live independently, has amental health disorder and cant maintain fulltime work. He is on DSP. Unfortunately he appeared to be normal untilhe hit puberty which is often the time at which we find out that children have been affected prenatally by alcohol.
One or two drinks may not cause FASD but we will never know the IQ points that a child doesnt have because of it. Also any amount of alcohol causes damage at a cellular level. For more information