Answer…get pregnant. I’m 9 months pregnant and in a drinking rut. I haven’t had a glass or a sip of alcohol yet throughout the whole pregnancy. At this point, I kind of just want to go the whole time without it for no other reason than just to say I did. There are a lot of preggos out there that have the mantra “I don’t even want alcohol” – could be because they are sick their whole pregnancy or could be because they are scared that even a sip will hurt their unborn baby. To each their own whatever the reason is. My mantra is the opposite. I want alcohol every day. My biggest desire, ironically is a nice, cold draft light beer. This is strange because I usually drink this beverage the least in my non-pregnant life. I would much rather extend my reach for a glass of vino or a shot of vodka. One of my theories is that I am housing a baby boy. Boys like beer. Coincidence? Maybe.
It’s not necessarily the taste of alcohol I miss, it’s the socialization aspect of it. I miss going out to dinner and splitting a bottle of wine with my hubby. I miss going out with my mom and indulging in a good martini. I miss hanging out with friends at a bar sipping on a Greygoose on the rocks with two lemons. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is all more than worth it every time I look in the mirror and see my growing baby belly, but for me, drinking alcohol meant engaging in a good time with friends and family. Of course I still have fun when I go out but it’s not quite the same. I wasn’t sure how I would feel once I got pregnant but I can honestly say, I have missed it…I do miss it and I will continue to miss it until he makes his debut. Which by the way could be any second.
At this point, part of the reason I haven’t indulged in a glass of wine or anything is because I feel it to be a tease. One glass would leave me wanting more or leave me wanting one every night and that my friends is a slippery slope. Furthermore, why would I want to drink something I know is going to make me feel guilty in which case I will probably not enjoy it anyway? I of course am in control of feeling that way but I know I would think like that with every sip. And finally, isn’t the first glass of alcohol going to taste that much better after I give birth? I believe the answer is yes. Now that I have spent this entire post sounding like an alcoholic rather than a pregnant person I think my rant is over. Sparkling water tonight to take the edge off of my workday it is. Or maybe a cocktail from my Preggatini book or Margarita Mama. Mmm. Jealous?