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    Binge Drank First 3 weeks of Pregnancy

    I am a first time visitor to this site and I have no idea if I am in the right place, but I am desperate for some help. First a little background. I am definitely a binge drinker (4-5 glasses) of chardonnay 5-6 days a week after work. I "take off" Monday's and Tuesday's. However, things just changed for me. Here goes... I just found out I am pregnant and went to the doctor. 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, during this 3 weeks 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 right away. 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.
    I guess I was hoping someone might have a similar experience and be able to share their story. I am so afraid I gave my baby FAS. I've not had a drink since finding out last week. Needless to say, I need to make some serious changes in my life no matter the outcome. I am not proud of the amount I drink. Thank you for reading.

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    Binge Drank First 3 weeks of Pregnancy

    YOu will be fine. I did the same thing unknowingly and all was okay. Congratulations on the baby!

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    Binge Drank First 3 weeks of Pregnancy

    Hello Lushy,
    THANK you so much for your reply. I must admit I drink very fast too. Pretty much slam the wine like a shot. Did you see the heartbeat after you drank so much. Did you drink fast like me? I feel like the amount I drank is much more then most who don't know they are pregnant. Add to that the slamming part...I know their is a difference between sipping 4 glasses of wine over several hours and ripping through a bottle in 1-2 hours (this is my style). I have a silly rule where I don't drink after 7 PM. You can avoid a hangover that way. I am still able to get up and exercise.

    Wow, typing this...I know I need to change. Fortunately, pregnancy puts me on the straight and narrow. It's a much needed 9 month ride. I need to figure out what do do the minute the baby comes though. I don't want to go back to what I was.

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    Binge Drank First 3 weeks of Pregnancy

    Yep - you will be OK. I did the same unknowingly as well, very early in my pregnancy. As soon as I was late and had the pregnancy test - which came back positive I stopped immediately. My daughter is a healthy, happy, 2.5 year old.

    Congrats on your pregnancy!!!

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    That was back in the days of my all day drinking sprees so I ingested quite a bit. Beer, wine, and I remember one night getting totally drunk on sake. I did not think I was PG at all or I would never have done that. The nine months will be good for you and I know you will not drink anything. If you find yourself slipping back into a bad pattern I hope you come back here for support.

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    Binge Drank First 3 weeks of Pregnancy

    I was just sitting here thinking about the last drunk I had 'unknowingly' I was preggo. I drank quite a few beers, lots of vodka and smoked a bit of weed that night. (and I don't smoke weed unless I was completely obliviated).

    It will be all OK. People don't know they are pregnant until the missed period, or shortly thereafter... take what you know now and have a happy, healthy pregnancy. I know when I did find out I was pregnant, I was relieved. I had a reason to stop the binging and actually had and wanted to get healthy and start to take care of myself because of the little one growing inside of me.

    I think it is normal to feel bad......... but don't.

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    Binge Drank First 3 weeks of Pregnancy

    Same story for me. I was quite a party girl before I found out I was pregnant (actually, probably wouldn't have ended up pregnant if I had not been drinking so much). Anyway, I had the same worries. And I quit immediately upon finding out. My daughter was born healthy, no problems. Like AFM said, take what you know now and have a great pregnancy. Don't fret too much, as that's not great for mom and baby either.

    (And do have a plan in place to not get back into heavy drinking afterwards. I wish I had done that...)

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    Binge Drank First 3 weeks of Pregnancy

    Thank you so much for all of your replies! This is the first forum to answer me. I had posted on some pregnancy sites, but did not get any feedback. I don't think they could relate to my story as they were panicky about the odd margarita or wine cooler they had 2 weeks before finding out. I wish that was my story!
    One last question, I promise! Did you all drink A LOT DAILY like me right up until finding out? All the Web sites I read have me in a panic about the "3rd week post conception" being the WORST of all 9 months to drink. I really did it up that week. The fact that I saw a heartbeat makes me think I'm further along then 5 weeks 2 days also. I go back to Dr. in 2 weeks.

    And yes, I do need a plan in place for when the baby comes. It really stinks that getting pregnant is the only thing to keep me in line. I would really like to reset myself to be a normal weekend happy hour person rather then the wine slamming fool I have become. Why can't 2 or 3 glasses over the course of several hours be enough? It used to be.

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    Binge Drank First 3 weeks of Pregnancy

    Hey, Feeling Bad, my pregnancy (back in 1989) was completely planned! It was an invitro pregnancy, so I know exactly when I conceived or at least when they shot those little eggies back in there. (I know, TMI!) Nevertheless, I drank 2-4 glasses of wine/day until I found out for sure that I was pregnant. So what's my excuse? That they were shooting me up with megadoses of hormones so I had to drink? :bonkers: Nope, I just have a drinking problem.

    I also have a beautiful 18-year-old daughter that is the light of my life, sharp as a tack and now in college. There are many reasons to believe that everything is going to be fine. FAS usually occurs with women who drink HEAVILY (more than 3-4 drinks/day) throughout much, if not all, of their pregnancies. Also, some of the other sites that say the 3rd week post-conception are probably a bit hysterical about these things. We are not talking about German Measles here, or Thalidomide. Remember, some of our moms drank during our pregnancies and didn't think twice about it, and we're fine.

    We're going to have to work on you changing your name to Feeling Good soon, or at least the feeling bad will have to do with morning sickness .

    All the best and lots of hugs,:l

    Kathy

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    Binge Drank First 3 weeks of Pregnancy

    Feeling Bad,

    Yep. My daughter was partying hardy until she found out she was pregnant, too.

    Baby is a beautiful 5 year old doing just great.

    Never any guarantees in life either way.

    Enjoy being pregnant. Happiest times of my life!!

    Cindi

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