spritzerPregnant? Finding it difficult to cut out the alcohol completely?

With the risk of sounding like an alcoholic (I’m not!), and with the risk of sounding like I am pregnant (I’m not!), I will admit to you that I LOVE a good glass of wine, especially with a fine dinner – even when I’m pregnant. Of course I have always drastically cut back the amounts, making sure to (almost) never drink more than one glass of wine an evening, and staying within the (UK) limits of three glasses a week.
I realize that it’s probably better to cut out the alcohol completely (pregnant or not), but I will admit to you that I’ve never been completely alcohol-less in any of my pregnancies, although I’ve been very, very close to it in the first three months.

A couple of years ago I was pregnant with baby number two and we were visiting friends in NY. I remember having a very hard time concentrating on my single glass of wine per evening while the rest of the company were concentrating very hard on their multiple glasses of Cosmopolitans, Mojitos, Margaritas etc. Thankfully a good old friend saved my nights when he introduced me to a fairly innocent cocktail with a very chic name and appearance: the Spritzer.

A Spritzer, although basically just wine diluted with sparkling water, sounds much better than ordering just wine or sparkling water, and it tastes a whole lot better as well, in particular when you’ve already been drinking sparkling water for about 7 months in a row! It usually looks chic when served too – especially if one puts some effort in the decoration (a slice of lime does wonders). If you ask for a ‘weak Spritzer’, you can get away with a bit more than one glass per evening and feel festive on top of it!!
Here is how to make it:


  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • club soda (sparkling water)
  • lime wedge for garnish if you have it


  1. Fill a white wine or champagne glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the wine.
  3. Top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Not too difficult right? I’m sure you can remember this – even with pregnancy brain :-)!

It’s also very good with Plum wine by the way, and makes for a very stylish and almost harmless apperative in your favourite Japanese restaurant (BTW, whether you eat sushi or not when pregnant is a whole different story – I did 🙂 ).

xxx Esther


Comments (7)

September 4, 2008

Now not that I’m saying I’m pregnant or anything, but thanks very much for writing this. This is real as opposed to the whole poo poo political correctness. I didn’t drink at all when I was pregnant and the one time I tried to drink a glass of wine, my head was spinning after a sip! But a spritzer…hmm, a halfway house. You ate sushi? I can’t wait to tell my pregnant friend this! Between the wine and the sushi, you’ll be her heroine!

September 4, 2008

I’m not sure I’d like aq spritzer… but if I am ever pregnangt again I’ll give it a go. Actually it may be good also when on a diet!!

I also ate sushi in my second pregnancy. I thought about it and: 1-I have never been sick from eating sushi in my life, and eat it a lot! 2- toxoplasmosis does not belong to the fish world!

but somehow with the first pregnancy i didn’t think about this!

September 5, 2008

omigoodness, thank you for this post! I’m in my third pregnancy and really miss my evening cocktail, which I really, really need after a long day with my 2 little boys. I sneak sips of my hubbie’s drinks if we’re out. But at home, I drink lots of soda and virgin bloody mary’s. You should have seen my envy when a friend brought margaritas to a recent barbeque.

I am also eating sushi this time around, in small amounts and from sources that I have frequented for years. I always have someone else taste it first and of course I smell it. I’ve never had food poisoning from sushi.

September 5, 2008

Quite a debate! I had my first child while living in Tokyo. Sushis were my bread and butter at the time… I asked my doctor whether I could eat sushis during my pregnancy. The wise man replied with a question: “would you eat cheese (i.e. unpasteurised) if you were living in Europe” (nb: I am French). So this is it, if you eat cheese, go for sushis (I did)… Apparently there is a few fishes that you should avoid (too much bacteria or something, including tuna, but I can’t remember now). I ate my sushis at my favourite places while pregnant and felt less adventurous that I would otherwise have been.
About the drinking, a glass of champagne from time to time after the first 4 months gave me beautiful babies!

September 7, 2008

Please, I reckon champagne doesn’t even count as alcohol when you are pregnant, it definitely helps you make the most beautiful babies! Mix champagne with orange juice, call it a Mimosa and you even can have 2 glasses for a special treat!

September 7, 2008

What I think is hilarious is that my great aunts always used to drink spritzers when i was a kid, it would be their little treat. And my great aunts were not what I would describe as cool. I guess a spritzer is a bit like leggings, it always will come back into fashion!

September 8, 2008

🙂 Emilie, you’re right, champagne DOES make beautiful babies – I can proove that too! It helps while breastfeeding too!!

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