Although some people choose to have a glass of wine during their third trimester (and that's totally OK) most people don't drink while pregnant. That means, if you are anything like me, by the time you deliver you could really use a drink. After all, you did just grow a freaking human in your body and either pushed it out your vagina or had it surgically removed from your body, which is so badass. You can finally have that drink you've been craving, but first, there are a few things no one tells you about your first postpartum drink that you absolutely need to know. So, enter me: because after all of that hard work, you deserve a drink if you want one.
Things like how much of a light weight you might be. No matter how high your tolerance to alcohol was before pregnancy, you should probably pace yourself, because after nine months of no wine, you might get drunk off one glass. That also means that you need to be careful to not overdo things when alone with your new baby and/or make sure you let your partner know it's their turn to be the "designated parent."
You might also find that your tastes have completely changed. In my case, the beautiful Sauvignon Blanc I bought while pregnant now reminds me of lighter fluid, but the sour cherry Belgian Gose tastes like magic. It must be due to all of the sour candy I ate while pregnant.
Then there's the myths and anecdotal stories you've heard about how alcohol impacts breastfeeding. I am happy to let you know that it's not necessary to "pump and dump" your breast milk but, unfortunately and no matter how many people have told you that beer will increase your supply, it's just an urban legend.
Enjoy that cocktail, you badass. You've earned it.