Being married to someone from Europe means that there are cultural differences. For example, throughout this pregnancy, I have really been a stickler about not drinking, much to Ian's and his family's surprise. It's certainly more accepted in Europe to continue having a little wine here and there throughout pregnancy.
Once I found out I was pregnant, I pretty much cut it out of my system. Once I got to the 3rd trimester, if Ian was drinking wine and he said it was an especially great glass, I'd occasionally take a mini sip just to sample it. More recently, I've allowed myself to have a 1/2 glass every few weeks. The first time I did this was at our 2nd wedding anniversary dinner. I drank 1/2 glass of delicious wine over the span of 2 hours. Last night, I had about 1/2 glass throughout dinner and my bath afterwards (over about 3 hours). It got me to thinking, that some women would probably be judging me if they saw me doing that. Some people are shocked that I would have any, even a sip. My feeling is that a little bit here and there, especially this late in pregnancy, and with how little I drink over a several hour time span is okay. I'm not doing it everyday, or even on a weekly basis. My birthing instructor even suggested to have a glass of wine towards the end of pregnancy to help the body relax a little bit.
EDITED TO ADD: As a sidenote, I cut out just about everything else that wasn't "safe" for pregnancy. No deli meats, no unpasteurized cheeses, no caffeine (well probably a little bit in my decaf coffee I occasionally have), and really avoided even the occasional tylenol. This post really only relates to my alcohol intake.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Have you found yourself to be the strict, none whatsoever type, or have you had a sip here and there?
I had a weekly check-up today and everything is going smoothly. Blood pressure, weight, and baby's heart rate are all great. Baby girl's head is down, facing down, and the rest of her body is sideways (which is just about how it should be). Once again, I opted not to have a cervical check. It makes the waiting game a little more bearable for me to not know exactly how much progress I have made. I'm practicing patience, and just trying to relax and let things happen on their own without much stress on my part. I love that we will get to meet our little one anyday - I can't wait to meet eyes with her!