Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Is It Okay to Drink While Pregnant?

Man, people get so bent out of shape when they see a pregnant woman swigging liquor straight from the bottle. That’s why I love the show Madmen … you get to see women from the ‘60s sitting around smoking and drinking. There’s nothing funny about kids being born with birth defects and alcohol dependency and low birthweight, but I haven’t seen the statistics on how many of those kids born in the ‘60s actually were messed up. And by the way, let’s try to define the term “messed up” because I know some perfectly healthy people who are messed up.  Good luck.

This was taken in 1971 in Germany, when my mom was pregnant with me. She wasn’t REALLY drinking, friends. She was trying to be funny, and if you don’t think it’s funny, then I’m not sure why you’re reading this blog because I have the same sick sense of humor as both of my parents. In fact, I think I have a similar picture of myself, only I’m balancing a beer on my pregnant belly (I hate beer).

Or maybe my mom really WAS drinking and it affected the developing part of my brain that regulates childbearing and when to say "when" as far as how many kids to have.

We’ll never know.


  1. We have this picture of my mom when she was pregnant with one of my younger brothers where one of the cats was sitting on her stomach (which was pretty huge) and staring her in the face. It's pretty funny.

  2. Cute story, thanks for sharing it.

    Roberta Anne

  3. Haha! Love the sense of humor!

  4. I did extensive internet research on that when wifeypoo was pregnant. Basically there's no good studies that show that moderate drinking (1 or 2 standard drinks of wine or beer a day) did any harm. More than that there's plenty of evidence of behavioral problems and fetal alcohol syndrome etc, but a beer a day does no harm a'tall, and tastes great!


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