How Much Can I Drink if I’m Pregnant?

How Much Can I Drink if I’m Pregnant?

As soon as you tell people you’re expecting, the pregnancy advice starts rolling in from all directions! It can be difficult to sift through it all to decide what the best course of action is for you.

There are so many guidelines to follow regarding what you can and can’t eat, drink, and do. So, you may be wondering, “How much can I drink if I’m pregnant?” Let’s take a look at alcohol and pregnancy.

How Much Can I Drink if I’m Pregnant in the First Trimester?

Previously, it was believed that any amount of alcohol during pregnancy was bad for a developing fetus.

A 2013 study with 5,628 participants who self-reported use of alcohol during their first trimester suggests that a small amount of alcohol did not seem to increase risks for the mother or the fetus. The specific risks that were looked at include high blood pressure, preeclampsia, premature birth, and low birth weight.

This and other studies do not specify a safe amount of alcohol that pregnant people can consume, so it is still a good idea to avoid alcohol if you are pregnant.

However, if you drank a bit before you knew you were pregnant and are now worried that your fetus could have been affected, this study suggests that you probably don’t need to worry at all. Address your concerns with your OB/GYN, though.

So, What About the Remainder of My Pregnancy?

How much can I drink if I’m pregnant during the last two trimesters?

There are less studies that specifically focus on the second and third trimesters, so it is a good idea to continue avoiding alcohol throughout the remainder of your pregnancy. It is generally a good idea to avoid alcohol as soon as you know that you’re pregnant.

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