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Want the world to assume youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re pregnant? Order a virgin cocktail.
Before getting pregnant, I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a stranger to happy hour. In fact, I was the girl who always voted for one more round. So when my white wine order turned into a Shirley Temple, extra cherries, it definitely raised some eyebrows.
After repeatedly denying baby bump rumors, I decided I was going to become a fake drinker to crush the pregnancy speculation until I was ready to share the news. Turns out, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not that difficultÃ¢â‚¬”as long as you follow these tips.
Get to the bar early YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll want to plan on arriving about 10 minutes before your drinking buddies. Explain the situation to the bartender (trust me, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heard it before), and order a virgin cocktail. Let him know youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be drinking the same thing all night but wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t specify itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s non-alcoholic in front of your friends.
My experience: The bartender slipped once and put enough alcohol in my drink to intoxicate a sumo wrestler. I instinctively spit it out. I know, very lady like. I froze but then said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ugh, the soda water is flat. Can you please make me another one?Ã¢â‚¬Â The bartender suddenly remembered who he was serving and made me a baby-friendly version.
Bring your drink to your lipsÃ¢â‚¬”but donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sip When someone else buys you a drink, you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to turn it awayÃ¢â‚¬”people are less observant than you think. Simply bring the glass to your lips and then place it back down on the bar or table. Every 20 minutes or so, sneak away to the bathroom to dump a little out so you can keep up the charade.
My experience: I was called into a champagne toast at the office. If I denied a glass, it would have been clear I was pregnant (rumors were already circulating at this point). After we clinked glasses, I brought the glass to my lips and then placed it back down. No one noticed I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take a sip. After about five minutes, I excused myself and poured the booze down the drain. Next time my co-workers saw me, I had an empty glass.
Make your husband drink for two To employ this tactic, you and your hubby should order the same drink and sit or stand next to each other. Every few sips (his real sips, your fake ones), switch glasses so it looks like youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re both drinking.
My experience: I brought my husband along to a co-workerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going away party, and we both ordered white wine. Every five minutes or so, we swapped glasses. It worked perfectly. Warning: Expect your husband to get pretty drunk. You should definitely plan on driving home.
Looking for some refreshing drink options? Here are delicious mocktail recipesÃ¢â‚¬”and their cocktail counterparts. Cheers!
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