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Alcohol And Pregnancy

Drinking During The Maternity Period

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


The health of the child in the womb can be permanently damaged when the mother is indulging in alcohol. This is because the body organs of the unborn child are not well developed to tolerate the effects of alcohol such as their liver. One of the leading causes of birth defects which include abnormalities and developmental disabilities within the United States is the prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol. There's no consensus among doctors on how much alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Many women abstain from alcohol completely so that their unborn baby will not be liable to dangers.


The foetus usually comes in contact with the alcohol drank by the mother.


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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Knowledge Of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Untypical facial features in babies, coupled with signs of attention, anger, or mood disorders is a sign of foetal alcohol syndrome. It is not possible to know how consuming alcohol during pregnancy will affect the baby.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the general term for all the effects that are bound to happen. Just like other disorders spectrum's not every case is as extreme as the others.


Some of the effects of FASD may include:

  • Unusual tiny brains and heads
  • Spinal column and heart problems
  • Being extremely short
  • Underweight
  • Intellectual disability
  • Poor eyesight and low hearing range
  • Mood, attention, or anger disorders
  • Slow growth
  • Internal organ and bone issues

Pregnant And Addicted To Alcohol

Alcohol can create a dangerous effect on the baby; this is why medical professionals do not encourage alcohol abuse during pregnancy. If the mother is extremely addicted to drinking, the effects will be intense on the baby.

Those women that take part in spree drinking mostly drink an average of 4 bottles within 2 hours which increases the alcohol levels in their blood. A baby is likely to suffer a long term health deformity if too much alcohol is taken during maternity period.


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.


Percentages Of Pregnant Women Drinking

It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. Neither alcohol dependency nor pregnancy is an insensitive issue. Kindness and love is required in treating expectant mothers who are equally alcohol abusers.

If you or someone for whom you care is pregnant and has an alcohol problem, seek help immediately. Contact our certified specialists right away to get connected with counsellors and experts in addiction treatment today call 0800 246 1509.