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Alcohol And Pregnancy

Drinking During The Maternity Period

It can be said that pregnancy while recovering from addiction is very dangerous especially when it comes to the effects of relapse to both the mother and the unborn.


The excessive use of alcohol by a pregnant mother can cause severe health problems for the baby, who could follow him or her well into adulthood. The liver of a baby in the womb is not equipped to process alcohol like the liver of a grown-up person. Among the preventable causes of congenital defects, disabilities, and health problems in the UK, taking alcohol and drugs during pregnancy is ranked number one. 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.


Unfortunately, most women who are struggling with an alcohol addiction during their pregnancy are unable to give up on the habit despite their understanding of the potentially harmful nature of the addiction. They should the seek assistance during these period of being pregnant.


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Knowledge Of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Babies that are born with atypical facial features generally grows up to have mood, attention and anger disorders and could be suffering from foetal alcohol syndrome. Due to the variables involved in the study, there are no conclusive findings on how alcohol impacts the child during pregnancy.

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.


Some of the effects of FASD may include:

  • The size of the head being extremely small
  • Defects in the spine and heart
  • Shorter in height than the average
  • Lower than normal body weight
  • Mental Impairment or retardation
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Mood problems
  • Slow and even delayed physiological development
  • Problems with the heart, kidney or bones

Pregnant And Addicted To Alcohol

A majority of doctors believe using alcohol in any amount by an expectant mother is unsafe. Severe cases of FASD can be linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during her pregnancy.

Taking alcohol up to four times in two hours can lead to an abuse that will cause the blood to have about 0.08% content of alcohol, that is how binge drinking is explained. 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 Statistics Of Pregnant Women Drinking

There are so many risks that follow to any expectant mother that is equally addicted to alcohol. Neither alcohol dependency nor pregnancy is an insensitive issue. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.

Ensure you suggest help to any expectant mother within your reach that is yet fighting with the pressure of alcohol dependence. Our trained medical professionals will enrol you in an abuse therapy scheme if you contact us today on 0800 246 1509!