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06 May 2004

Worried about FAS
Hi Gynaedoc,
I am really really worried about drinking during my pregnancy. I have stopped now, of course, but am worried about all the previous drinking. Ok, I have now finally worked out that I "think" I am 6 weeks. I was drinking heavily (say 4 glasses of wine for the night on 2 occassions) and smoked a bit of pot as well. Think this could have been in my 4-5th week. At that time I was thinking of aborting, but has since changed my mind and am trying to be healthy right now - started taking folic and I think that I am eating relatively healthy. Am trying to cut down on coffee and have got it down to 1 cup a day - hope to cut out completely. Other problem is that I am stressing tremendously becoz of the drinking, becoz of work & deadlines. I am in the travel business, am flying to a travel show tomorrow and am worried that the long hrs & work at the show might stress me out more. Basically, I am worried that all this stressing & worrying is also bad for my baby. I am starting to wonder if aborting is not best coz I have caused all this harm to my baby & at my first gynae visit she might tell me that I have caused horrible harm to my unborn child. Plse help, I am gonna have a hernia at the rate I am going !!
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01 Jan 0001

If you only had two episodes of drinking, the chances are that the baby will not be affected. It may also have been at a time before there is transfer of substances to the baby, as the other respondents have said. Unfortunately, only tme will tell.
In terms of stress, we don't know how or whether this affects babies. Most people are stressed at some time during their pregnancy and it does not appear to do much harm. Try to follow a healthy lifestyle with time to relax from now on.

Best wishes
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