Expecting Moms Dish on How Much They Drink

Plus, how to stay motivated to work out

This week, new research that says drinking a modest amount of alcohol during pregnancy is okay has moms-to-be talking on the iVillage message boards.
 
The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that one to two drinks per week during pregnancy had no negative effects on children up to five years of age. And in fact, the study reported that moms who drank small amounts of alcohol had kids who behaved better than those whose moms abstained completely. However, the American Congress of Gynecologists (ACOG) still advises moms-to-be to avoid all alcohol.
 
On the May 2011 Expecting Club board, pregnant moms were equally divided on whether they thought it was okay to drink.
 
“I think it’s best to follow your own judgment and discuss with your doctor. I have about one glass of wine every few weeks while pregnant, with dinner, with my doctor’s blessing,” says mom2jadenplus1.
 
“I personally will probably drink a glass or two around the holidays, and I like to have a few sips off my husband’s glass when he has wine with dinner once in a while, as I did with my other two pregnancies. I have a number of French relatives who all drank during their pregnancies -- just not excessively -- and their children are all fine,” agrees lltruc.
 
Other moms are more cautious and prefer not to take any risks. “I don't trust the results of one single solitary study,” says baby_socks. “ I will not be drinking any alcohol until after the baby is born.”
 
Kittyseneca felt equally leery about the study. “Different people process alcohol differently. All we really know is that some amount of alcohol consumed during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, and the amount differs from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. I wouldn't give my newborn a shot of whiskey, so I'm not going to have one when s/he is in the womb either.”
 
How do you feel about the study and what’s your take on pregnant moms having a few glasses of beer or wine a week? Chime in below.
 
In other discussions, women on the Latest Diets and Workouts board want to know how you stay motivated to work out. With winter on its way, I’ve already found myself eating more and exercising less -- so getting on a workout schedule and sticking to it is definitely on my high-priority list right now. How do you do it? Do you plan your workouts in advance or keep a log of your activity?
 
Fitness buff elaine3333 gets a gold star for doing both. “I have a schedule on my fridge for my workouts plans. That way, I can stick to it and mark off each workout as I do it,” she says.
 
I’m not sure that posting a fitness routine on my fridge would make me any more apt to exercise, but I do wonder if it would make me eat less. Every time I go to open the fridge, I would be reminded that I’m supposed to be working out and would probably skip the snack. I guess that counts for something.
 
Cmamyd doesn’t have a written routine that she sticks to, but she does keep track of her workouts in her food journal. Since research shows that writing down what you’ve eaten in a food log helps with dieting success, I bet I’d be more inclined to work out if I had to write it all down afterwards.
 
Thatyank practices a method more like my own. “When -- and it’s been awhile -- I went to the gym, I had a routine planned out for me by the personal trainer. I followed that religiously until my shoulder started bothering me so much that I quit working out. Now I just walk. No planning required there.”
 
I loved -- well, and hated -- having a personal trainer. All I had to do was show up and do what I was told. I’m my own worst enemy, so I’m better off having someone push me to my limits. I like getting gold stars, so if someone tells me to do something, I do it. Unfortunately, I’m just not as driven to please myself.
 
How do you stay motivated to work out? Share your advice on the message boards.
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