I was having a conversation with my midwife the other day.Me: What’s your feeling about things women shouldn’t have during pregnancy? Midwife: What do you mean? Me: For example, I don’t drink while I’m pregnant…very much. Midwife: Explain “very much.” ___
I find giving up alcohol during pregnancy excruciatingly hard. Which is ironic because when I’m not pregnant I have one or two drinks per week if I’m feeling crazy. If I have two glasses of wine in a night, I’m on the floor.
At my first girls’-day-out post K-Pants, I had half a margarita and could barely get up from the table. Then I spent the rest of the day taking a nap at a friend’s apartment. Which, as any new mom will attest, is a very good use of your time.
So it shouldn’t be hard to give up alcohol for ten short months, right? But moderation is my middle name. You gotta give me a little bit. Just a little. Not drinking feels like being punished—and I didn’t do anything wrong. Well, except for not using birth control.
Thank goodness that my dear friends Gretchen and Marisa have perfected the pregnancy mocktail. I have them to thank for helping me stay off the sauce and also stay hydrated. Here’s my current favorite mocktail:
Combine in amounts that look good to you. I do about 2 parts mandarin, 3 parts pomegranate, 3 parts sparkling water, 1 part lime.
Here are two sites that have other creative recipes that will keep you from throwing back a screwdriver:
- Non-Alcoholic “Mocktails” from real restaurants at Parenting.com (Great ideas, but the title threw me off: Apparently there are alcoholic mocktails?? Real drinks that just make fun of you?)
- 9 Months of Mocktails from Pregnancy360.com (a cool idea for each month)
Please suggest your own favorites and recipes. Really: Please do this. It will help keep me off the sauce, and I can post more recipes.