Dear Doula,

All of my friends and family are having get togethers and heading out to our favorite breweries, restaurants and bars. I want to do the best for my baby and myself…but I’m feeling super left out. Besides a little sip of my partner’s drink or a La Croix with a twist of lemon or lime - do you have any suggestions? It’s my go to, but I’m kinda over it, especially since I have a few more months of this.


Feeling festive in Ft. Mitchell


Hey Festive,

Feeling like you can’t enjoy the ambiance with your friends can be tough. A little sip may seem like it's not a big deal, but remember the AAP says no amount of alcohol should be considered safe for pregnancy.  Once your baby is born there’s also some other things to consider, especially if you’re breastfeeding, but the guidelines allow for a little more enjoyment. 

Even though you may not be partaking in an alcoholic drink doesn’t mean you have to stick with the same-old, same-old. I was a bartender for a number of years, and there a lots of mocktails out there that you can order and not feel like you’re missing out.  Just ask your bartender what they recommend. There’s usually a house specialty that lends well to a mocktail.

If you’re planning a get together with friends and looking for a few recipes to try, here’s some of my favorites:

1. Blackberry Lemon Spritzers are perfect for when you're tired of mimosas.

2. This Cucumber Ginger Mocktail has been a favorite at our Mix + Mingle Events.


3. Virgin Margaritas are popular at Nada or Bakersfield and are easy to whip up at home.

4. Don't miss the hint of early summer in this Passion Fruit Elderflower Fizz.

5. We promise that these Honey Roasted Pear Sparkling Mocktails are worth the wait.

6. Take a step back in time with this French 75 Mocktail.

7. Strawberry Basil Caipirnha Mocktail is a breeze - just substitute berry flavored La Croix for the Cachaca. 

8. It doesn't have to be derby season to enjoy a Mint Julep Mocktail.

9. If you'e looking for a stronger mix of flavors try this Coke Sangria Mocktail.

10. And Finally. The New Mother Mocktail. Made popular and perfected by Labor & Delivery Nurses far and wide.

I hope you enjoy that Saturday night out, or family brunch. I'll also let you in on a little secret: if you’re wanting something to soothe that pregnancy heartburn, swing by the Comet for the best Homemade Ginger Ale in Cincinnati.

Happy festivities, Festive!