It’s a non-negotiable: once you fall pregnant, booze is out the window.
And not just for the nine months you’re carrying your child, either – most women also opt not to drink whilst breastfeeding.
And yet, for some strange reason the drinking taboo doesn’t seem to extend to the time spent trying to fall pregnant…or for the first few weeks that you are.
Research from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, found that 55% of women in the United States were still drinking whilst trying to conceive, as well as in the first four weeks of finding out they were actually pregnant.
So does it really matter if you drink whilst trying to conceive? And it is dangerous to drink in the early weeks of a pregnancy?
In February of 2015, the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) changed their advice regarding pregnancy and alcohol, saying that women who are trying to conceive should abstain from alcohol altogether.
The backlash was immediate. “Trying to get pregnant is hard enough without being told not to drink,” wrote the New Statesman, whilst The Telegraph UK responded to the RCOG by declaring that “Telling women not to drink when trying to conceive is patronising.”
I don’t know about you, but most women I know who are trying to fall pregnant are really making the most of the shiraz before it’s too late! But will this harm their unborn child-in-the-making?
Dr Katie Gault is a GP based in Victoria, and says that drinking whilst conceiving is definitely a no go.