Category Archives: 2nd Trimester

Red red wine, stay close to me

Ah the heady days before baby, when I could have a few large glasses of wine after work, share a bottle with a meal or finish the night with a wee dram or two; a sudden withdrawal from alcohol was always going to raise suspicions of pregnancy in those around me.

Luckily while pregnant, I just went off the stuff. From occasionally actually craving a glass of wine, I went to not being bothered by it – I would have a sip of Fred’s tipple just so I knew what I was missing, but that was enough. I was paranoid that Elphie would be born with fetal alcohol syndrome as a consequence of the extra drinks I had at Charles and Laura’s wedding following a negative pregnancy test that I mistakenly thought had put me in the clear. Fetal alcohol syndrome has a number of nasty growth and mental retardation symptoms alongside facial abnormalities like the below courtesy of an article by Warren, Hewitt & Thomas. There is speculation that Jade Goody and George W Bush shared these facial characteristics but I’ll leave you to play Dr Google on that one.
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Extreme pregnancy

Keeping on the royal theme, Zara Phillips, who has now been ousted from fourteenth in line to the throne to fifteenth, announced she was three months pregnant recently.
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As an eventing equestrian who won Olympic Silver last year, Zara has a job that requires a bit more effort than my leisurely walk to the office did. Initially she said she was planning to continue participating in horse trials but a week later she announced she was quitting seemingly in response to the controversy her decision had generated.
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