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Alcohol And Pregnant Women

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

At no other time addiction is so dangerous as in pregnancy because relapse can result in congenital health problems in the baby.


A child might develop long term health issues right from birth, if the mother subjects herself to too much drinking during pregnancy. The liver of a baby in the womb is not equipped to process alcohol like the liver of a grown-up person. The major causes of birth complications, impairments and deformities in America are the antenatal contact with alcohol and drugs. A pregnant woman is given a measure of alcohol quantity to drink, according to the deliberations carried out by medical professionals. It is highly recommended that pregnant women about alcohol intake during gestation.


Any alcohol consumed by the pregnant mother during the pregnancy enters the bloodstream and is capable of reaching the baby.


Abstaining from alcohol intake might not be very easy for addicts who are pregnant even after being aware of the consequences. Women who are dealing with addiction need to seek immediate help once they find out that they are pregnant.


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Getting To Know What Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Is

Babies with foetal alcohol syndrome are often found with abnormal facial features and develop mood and attention disorders as they grow older. However, getting to know how the use of alcohol by the mother affected the child is very hard since the effects tend to vary.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the general term for all the effects that are bound to happen. It is uncommon with spectrum disorders though that some cases are not as serious as any other cases.


FASD and its effects to the child:

  • The size of the head being extremely small
  • Cardiac and spinal related defects
  • Significantly small or dwarfism
  • Low body weight
  • Mental Impairment or retardation
  • Poor eyesight and low hearing range
  • Behavioural issues
  • Slow physical development
  • Underdevelopment of the bones and other body organs

Pregnant And Addicted To Alcohol

There are bound to be some effects on the unborn child if the mother is taking alcohol. If a pregnant woman indulges in alcohol abuse, the child can suffer from a terrible FAS situation.

The amount of 0.08% blood alcohol is considered is categorized under binge drinking which can be translated to 4 shots/drinks in a span of two hours. There is a high likelihood that the unborn child will have a problem or ailment later in their life if the mother indulges in alcohol abuse.


In every 50 pregnant women, one is addicted to alcohol and 1 in every 1 expectant women takes art in alcohol use even if they are not addicted and this is statistics provided by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.


The Proportion Of Alcohol Addicted Mothers

It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. Pregnancy and substance abuse do not go together well. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.

If you or a woman close to you is struggling with alcohol addiction during her pregnancy, you are strongly advised not to wait to get help. Our specialists can help you find the right treatment, so contact them now on 0800 246 1509.