Is it OK for your partner to drink during your pregnancy?

September 12, 2013 12:00 AM by

Having a baby is the most significant experience you and your partner may share during your relationship, helping bring the two of you closer together as you consider how you want to raise the little guy or gal that you've brought into the world.

However, if your partner drinks alcohol, wine or liquor on a regular basis, this can present challenges during your pregnancy that could, in turn, jeopardize the future of your relationship. Should your partner give up drinking altogether if you're expecting, or is it OK to imbibe on a casual basis? Consider these tips below to make the right choice for you and your child.

Drinking and pregnancy
As a woman who is carrying a child, drinking alcohol is absolutely out of the question, as it can expose your baby to a variety of potential health risks, including fetal alcohol syndrome. Infants born to mothers who drink may be more likely than those who are not to have cognitive impairments and behavioral issues.

Mothers are responsible for ensuring that babies receive the proper nutrients while in the womb to develop, and while fathers don't have the same connection to infants, their support and love can be essential for women as they go through each trimester. Since women should avoid drinking in every instance, men can also do so as an act of solidarity for their partner.

The impact on your relationship
New born preparation can involve lots of planning and hard work, especially for first-time mothers who may not be as well-versed in ways to save money on baby expenses as other experienced women.

However, all the careful consideration that goes into making a home ready for a little guy or girl is only one part of the equation – if women feel like they're not being supported by their partners, they may face additional challenges.

An occasional drink, depending on how you feel about it, may be perfectly fine for your partner to consume during your pregnancy. However, when a partner is drinking regularly during pregnancy, it can be a frightening sign that there are underlying problems not only in your relationship, but also for that person's emotional health.

As a woman about to give birth, you may have difficult questions to ask regarding whether or not you want to continue in a relationship with your partner if he or she continues to imbibe liquor, alcohol and wine regularly. You should reach out to friends, loved ones or a trained professional to gain more insight into what the best decision for your emotional health and that of your child's may be.

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