I’ll never forget lunching with a friend, when my first son was about 3 months old. I was still breastfeeding, and had just made it through 41 weeks of pregnancy.
One of her first questions, as she enjoyed a glass of Pinot, was “wasn’t it hard for you? I mean, how did find giving up drinking for so long?” (ahem, little did she know that I would breastfeed for another 10 months!)
In truth, for me, it wasn’t too hard. I just accepted it. But then again, I’m allergic to chocolate, and at age 18, I had to accept that, too, and never eat an M&M again.
But for a lot of us, when we give up that happy hour beer or casual wine with dinner, we’re giving up a lifestyle. Especially those of us who are accustomed to the partying lifestyle. What to do? And do I have to?
The answer to the second question is, simply, yes. Both questions are expertly answered and explained in The Newly Non-Drinkring Girl’s Guide to Pregnancy. Written a little tongue-in-cheek, this book spells out the medical necessity of “no alcohol lifestyle.” You don’t simply read pages and pages of medical discipline; its 224 pages of friendly discipline. Sure, the authors included the medical repercussions of what could happen if you choose to indulge while pregnant, but they also give you great options and tactics.
When you learned you were pregnant, did you have to hide it from the boss, at the holiday party? (I did!) Did you have to attend that dreaded extended family reunion–where a beer seems like it should be a medical necessity? (I did!) Authors Caroline Angel and Jackie Rose present strategies to get around the drinks, and the truth, and make it through the events.
In The Newly Non-Drinking Girl’s Guide to Pregnancy, you’ll gain a lot of how-tos. But you’ll also gain a bit of wealth: Mixology wealth. The book includes 50 Mocktail recipes that are certain to get you through the 40 weeks, and beyond. I’m holding on to the book, just for the innovative recipes!

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