The One Glass

DIY Sommelier founder Alix Ford tells us how to make the most out of your one glass during pregnancy. Cheers.

The One Glass

In your last trimester you might find yourself faced with a serious dilemma: it’s your anniversary, your 35th birthday, or your “I just can’t wait another day,” any of which inspire you to indulge in just ONE glass of wine. Some recent studies suggest that moderate drinking may be safe during pregnancy, and I decided that on my fourth anniversary, with five weeks still remaining in my pregnancy, I would indulge in just one glass. I opted to split my one glass in two: half a glass of white followed by half a glass of red. I remember it as one of the most glorious days of my pregnancy.


Go Big or Go Home (and Take a Well-Deserved Nap): “Just One Glass” is not for everyone. But if you do opt for one glass during your pregnancy, keep a few tips in mind. Start by doing yourself a favor and selecting an aged wine (look for wines that are eight to 10 years old or older). Most of the wine made throughout the world shouldn’t be kept past a certain date (much like your pregnancy). In fact, approximately 80 percent or more of wines made are supposed to be consumed within 1 to 2 years of bottling. Day to day wines should be fresh, simple, approachable and delicious. But for great wines, complexity, depth and finesse come into play, and aging them is a game changer.

Simply put, the slow oxidation of wine over years in the bottle changes the flavors and adds new layers of intricacy. Great wines also cost more money to produce, take longer to make and store, and accordingly, cost you more at the counter. Let your spouse or partner pony up the money, or crack open that bottle you’ve been saving for the “special occasion” you’ve never quite found (trust us, a partner can deny you nothing at this stage in your pregnancy). For nine months, you will have saved at least $20 a month NOT drinking wine, so the $90 bottle you’ve decided to spend on this one is actually a bargain.

I’d advise you skip Champagne for this one glass, not because vintage-aged Champagnes are anything short of miraculous, but simply because a) you gotta make this glass last as long as possible and bubbles tend to dissipate, and b) you will likely end up popping lots of Champagne corks once your little one is born.

One Glass Suggestions: Many women claim they have a heightened sense of taste during pregnancy, so consider yourself the next Robert Parker and enjoy every nuance and flavor great wine has to offer. Try an aged Bordeaux or Barolo. Aged Bordeaux has been the standard by which great red wines have been measured for centuries. Barolos, from Italy, typically require 10 years of aging before they can be enjoyed, and are worth every second. Or try an aged Burgundy (red or white): this is finesse bottled and in liquid form. If you haven’t tried aged Burgundies, you will marvel at what Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can taste like after they’ve lingered in a bottle for a while. Or if the mood suits you, try an older Sauterne: this is liquid sex in a bottle. And depending on how close you are to your due date, it may be the only type of sex that interests you.

Make it a Day to Remember: Pregnancy has its ups and downs, so make this one glass a moment to savor and share. In fact, keep the wine label for your baby book, and one day you can tell your kid that you made sure s/he had only the best from the very beginning.

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These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

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Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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