When you’re sober, some social events are more intolerable than others.
When you’re pregnant, you quickly realise that the world does not, in fact, revolve around your pregnancy.
While you’re stone-cold sober for those 40 (plus) weeks sipping water, juice, tea, or some variation of a mocktail that would undoubtedly taste better with vodka, the people around you continue to get married, host parties, go to happy hour or kick back at home on Friday night with a bottle of red. Rude, right?
But just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean your social life needs to be put on hold.
You will still have events to attend, friends to see and dinners to endure. And to avoid insanity, you should go. But when you’re sober, some of the aformentioned events are more tolerable than others. The worst offenders?
Feel like a drink? Try: This is the best excuse ever to drink wine. All of the wine.
I’ve been to five concerts while pregnant. All happened at different stages of my pregnancy and all were very different “vibes” and with different groups of friends. I think all of these things make a difference when considering how tolerable it is. Generally speaking, you don’t have to be drunk to enjoy a concert.
Except Lolla. Be drunk for that. Or high. Something.
2. Football season/Tailgating.
Autumn and football are two of my favorite things. Football Saturdays, Sunday Funday – you name it, I like it. I also love day drinking. (I mean, honestly, is there anything better than getting drunk in the morning, being home by 5pm and in bed by 8pm? I think not.)
Obviously, football and tailgating are the perfect reasons to day drink, so this time of year is pretty much my nemesis. Once I got over not being able to drink in the early days of pregnancy, it was smooth sailing. Until one recent fall day. The weather was beautiful, nice enough to sit on the patio. Football season had just started and bars around the city were packed to the brim with people.
Never have I ever in my pregnancy wanted a drink more.
3. Bachelorette parties.
I was invited to a bachelorette party in Vegas while I was pregnant. I couldn’t go due to other obligations, but if I could have, I wouldn’t have. There is no way Vegas could be fun without the option of getting drunk or being able to alter your reality in some shape or form.
I’ve been to one bachelorette party in my home city where I opted out of the daytime bar crawl and joined the inebriated group for dinner only. It was fine, but we’ve all been the most sober person in the room at some point. Not the best time, and in this case, no option to play catch up.
I also hosted a bachelorette party for my little sister back home, and despite being pregnant, planned the day with activities like winery tours, a party bus and bar hopping. My sister is 23, I should add. I found this particular bachelorette party to be insanely annoying in the early part of the evening, but as the day progressed, I got less annoyed.