PC dairy @ 31 weeks 6 days
I guess the time has come where I am obviously pregnant. Today on my journey across the pond everyone has made comments or asked me about my bump.
Things that people have said to me today…
“Would you like me to put you on the upgrade wait list?”
“Are you sure I can’t get you a water or ginger ale?”
“When is the baby due?”
“Let me get that for you…”
“No alcohol for you!” Wait….what?!
I checked into the American Airlines business lounge and the lady didn’t offer me a coupon for a free drink at the bar (which is something ordinarily you get), in fact she went so far to say as “no alcohol for you…!” Ummmm I paused for a second flabberghasted ‘yeh….I guess none for me, thanks’. Awkward. Thanks lady for policing my alcohol intake.
I’ve actually had these strong hints a few times…waitresses asking me, can I get you a water or soda? Rather than, can I get you a drink or a beer?
When I went for my 30 week check up with my OB, the nurse asked me…”When did you last binge drink?”, followed by “Do you drink alcohol?”. I was taken aback, because I answered all these questions when I first signed up to the clinic and I wasn’t expecting them now. Also, because I am sure that anyone who had binged drinked at 30 weeks pregnant, probably wouldn’t be honest and deny it.
I’m not going to lie, I have had a few sips of alcohol here and there in this pregnancy – some weeks I will have nothing at all, others I may enjoy a small half glass of wine or one or two non-alcoholic beers (because non alcoholic beers do contain a very small amount of alcohol) at the weekend. I drink them slowly, with dinner and I never want any more than that anyway.
In Germany the other week I was given a free shot of Limoncello after dinner and a coupon for a shot of tequila. That was a bit too much for me….I gave them to other people. But the point is that they didn’t blink an eye about it. In fact in some parts of Italy, doctors recommend a glass of red wine to help keep the blood pressure low in third trimester.
Isn’t it funny how different beliefs and perceptions can be about what is right and wrong in pregnancy? There is much research to support both sides of the argument, and all we are talking about is ‘light drinking’…and so the jury is still out. For me, the odd sip of alcohol here and there is OK and I certainly do not condone drinking heavily whilst pregnant where there are clear linkages with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
(**Waiting for all the critical comments to come flooding in….**)