Going Out While Pregnant

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How much should you slow down when you’re pregnant?

When we first moved to Bangkok over 6 years ago, my husband and I had a pretty great social life. Drinks after work were commonplace. We ate out a couple of times a week at any one of the great dining options here in Bangkok. There were lots of concerts, last minute beach weekends and impromptu dinner parties.

Going out while pregnant

One of our favourite weekly rituals was going down to The Dubliner (when it was between sois 22 & 24) for the Tuesday night pub quiz. We’d get there early to grab a good seat and have a meal before Lee Shamrock started the weekly fun. Along with a group of colleagues and friends, we won our fair share of games (the prize was free beer) and we inevitably stayed longer (and drank more) than we intended to while dancing downstairs to Lee’s music. Lots of good memories. In fact, that’s where we were when the tanks rolled into town for the September 2006 coup. Not a bad place to be when you hear that work is cancelled for the next day and the news coming in is to stay where you are. We stayed until 2am if I remember correctly.

After our first year in Bangkok, we moved away from Sukhumvit and going out after work wasn’t as simple. Eventually, knowing that a social life wasn’t going to rock up and knock on our door, my husband and I decided one night to get on the BTS and get down to the quiz. As usual, we arrived early, ordered a nice meal and got down to the business of getting our butts kicked in the quiz.

Lee used to have the habit of also giving a prize to the team who fared the worst on quiz night: condoms in the hope that those people wouldn’t reproduce. I can still hear the gasps and giggles of just about everyone in the room when I wiggled out from behind the table and stood up to show off my 8 month bump and said, “It’s too late for condoms, Lee.”

Once I got pregnant, I may have slowed down but I didn’t stop doing any of the things that I used to do before. I still travelled. I still went to concerts and to the theater. I’ll admit that playing pool got a little tougher and I waited to enter the VIP movie theaters until after the King’s anthem had played (getting up from those Lay-Z-Boy seats takes some help at 8 months pregnant) but that’s about it. I did cancel a planned trip to Las Vegas two summers ago because, quite frankly, my idea of a weekend in Vegas involves a roaring hangover. And that is, of course, off limits for those with a baby on board. Yes, bedtime certainly got a lot earlier and 10pm quickly became a ‘late night’ for me. Hell, with two boys 4 and under, it still is!

How much should you slow down when pregnant?

This was taken when I was 26 weeks pregnant with my second child on a birthday pub crawl down Khoa San Road.

I’m really curious how other moms-to-be (and moms who’ve been there) feel about the whole going out when pregnant issue. Have you ever gotten funny looks or snide comments because you were doing something strangers thought you shouldn’t be? Let me tell you, I got a few second glances walking around in that t-shirt (see above).

Let me know in the comment section below. I’d love to hear them.

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My name is Jodie. I'm a 38 year old Canadian working and living in Bangkok, Thailand. My husband and I are both international teachers - though I'm taking this year off to be a full-time mom.

When we're not busy with other people's kids, we try our hand at raising our own very curious nearly four year old son and his 9 and half month old brother. When it comes to parenting, like most of us, I’m making a lot of it up as I go along .

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