Binge Drinking First 3 Weeks Post Conception

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Feeling Bad 6933 - October 24

Hello, I just found out I am pregnant and went to the doctor the same day (I have progesterone problems so I go the day I get a positive). Dr. says conception occurred 3 weeks 2 days ago which puts me at 5 weeks 2 days when you add the 2 weeks. We saw the heartbeat! Wonderful moment, but, here is why I am writing…I admit to being a terrible binge drinker of white wine. I am ashamed to admit I routinely had 4 glasses of wine a night 5 to 6 days a week until I found out I was pregnant. In fact, I drank at a business function the night before I saw the heartbeat on the ultrasound! Of course, I stopped drinking immediately and will not drink any more. Pregnancy makes me completely stop anything bad. We were trying to get pregnant, but I just had my IUD out and had a period, so I thought I was clear. Also, I test every other week so I can stop bad behaviors. When I got a positive test I was already 3 weeks, 2 days post conception. I’ve read so much that says the 3rd week post conception is the worst for drinking. I drank 5 out of 7 days (4-5 glasses each time) during the 3rd week. That’s over 20 glasses of wine! The next day I see the HEARTBEAT! What have I done? Did I ruin the heart? I hear stories about people partying a couple of times before knowing, but that’s nothing compared to what I have done. If the heart is beating does that mean the placenta is fully working? I know there is a window when not much is shared between mother and baby. Am I close to that window even after the heartbeat has shown? I workout, eat right, no caffeine, and now no wine. I go back in 2 weeks (will be just over 5 weeks post conception by then which will put me at 7 weeks 2 days.) Does the fact that I saw the heartbeat the day after drinking make it worse? It’s heart was beating...I am sick with guilt. My doctor said not to worry because not much neurological development had taken place yet, but I still worry.


ohgeez - October 24

Don't beat your self up about this. You have stopped drinking and that is all that matters. Everything is going to be just fine. This happens all the time.


AmandaAnnie - November 22

I know people, as bad as it seems, that drank and parttied all through preg. The babies were fine. Just like some babies are born with problems and the parents were straight as a board. Drink LOTS of FRESH, RAW GREEN vegie juice, take an omega 3 fish oil supplement and Yoga. It will be all good!


kazforrest - November 23

Please dont worry. I didnt know i was pregnant until about 9 weeks. I was on depo injec and was in a similar position. I am 23 weeks now and ive had lots of tests and spoken to both professor of fetal medicine and my own cons obyn and both said all fine and not to worry, what you do now is important. I have the odd gla__s on champagne now.



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