There isn’t a specific amount of alcohol that has been deemed “safe” to consume during or before pregnancy, so our specialists generally advise that anyone trying to conceive do their best to refrain from drinking it in excess. If you’ve committed to skipping the alcohol this season, try a holiday mocktail or some sparkling fruit juice to avoid the dreaded, “Why aren’t you drinking?” question.
It’s also important to remember that your mental health and wellbeing is one of the most important parts of this journey. If you do choose to drink during the holiday season, do so in moderation and don’t dwell on your decision or stress yourself out about it!
Our general recommendation to refrain from over-indulging is based on studies that have shown how acute alcohol consumption can affect liver function, which plays a crucial role in hormone levels and can increase estradiol, testosterone and LH. With that being said, having a festive drink at dinner, or a glass of wine to avoid prying questions from family members will most likely not ruin your chances of conceiving.
Caffeine has also been known to affect hormone health and conception. It’s recommended that those trying to conceive aim to keep daily caffeine intake below 200mg (the average 8 ounce cup of coffee has around 100mg of caffeine, but different types of coffee vary).