As a 30-something mother-of-three, lord knows I love my wine.
We live in a culture that not only accepts alcohol consumption, it also celebrates it.
It seems everywhere we look, wine consumption and motherhood seem to go hand-in-hand. Some of the funniest someecards revolve around alcohol and womanhood.
Even the cult-comedy Cougar Town showcases wine-guzzling 30/40-somethings. Some critics even call it the most pro-alcohol show on TV.
So nothing much has changed from the Mad Men era? Sure, we don’t drink and smoke during pregnancies like before.
Or do we?
A recent study from HealthDay suggests that pregnant woman may be able to consume between 3 to 7 glasses of alcohol per week without causing any neurodevelopmental problems in their unborn children.
I’m not convinced that society and these ‘studies’ have got it right. Have I become a sheep and one step away from a homecard card like this one?
Have we created a culture of mombies? Is it truly acceptable to survive on coffee and wine?
Sadly, the rigors of motherhood cause many of us to de-stress with a glass of vino at the end of the day. But is this really a healthy coping skill? And do we always stop at just one glass?
Celebrity mom Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, star of the NickMom show Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, has been open about de-stressing with wine.
The mom-of-three young girls stopped drinking four years ago at age 42.
“I drank often when Elby [firstborn daughter] was a baby to help deal with the stress of a new infant,” Stefanie blogged. “I found myself drinking more than I had before I became a parent and I drank with other moms to bond and unwind (yes, I’m the cocktail play date mom and I stand by it being a healthy thing to do in moderation, in walking distance, if you’re not me).”
And although her husband doesn’t think she ever had a drinking problem, Stefanie is glad she quit drinking altogether.
“Four years ago, I finally had a moment of clarity and realized that just because I hadn’t crashed a car, gotten a DUI, cheated on my husband or been forced to rehab, it was time to quit,” she shared. “No one had to tell me or push me. I knew. And once you know, really really know, you can’t un-know it.”
Can you relate? Is it time to step out from underneath the wino crutch?
How many drinks do you consume during the week?