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Pregnant Women And Alcohol Abuse

Using Alcohol When Expectant

An addiction during pregnancy can assume alarming proportions because the consequences of a relapse can leave permanent damages on 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 the unborn inside the mother's womb is unable to fully process alcohol just an adult's. 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 have been deliberations on the right amount of alcohol an expectant mother can drink without affecting their unborn child. It is however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.


When an expectant mother drinks alcohol, it can enter the baby's body through blood.


It is unfortunate though that some pregnant women forget the potential harm to their children and continues to ingest alcohol while pregnant. Women who are addicted and pregnant should be looking forward to getting assistance immediately.


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What Is 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. It's not very easy to tell how alcohol affects the child in the womb since each mother and her baby are different.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD for short) is an umbrella term given to every disorder arising from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Every medical case has its challenge peculiarity, that's regarding spectrum problems.


A number of FASD signs are as follows:

  • The size of the head being extremely small
  • Spinal column and heart problems
  • Shorter in height than the average
  • Lower than normal body weight
  • Mental Impairment or retardation
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Behavioural problems
  • Hindered body growth
  • Internal organ and bone issues

Alcohol Misuse While Pregnancy

Doctors had been maintaining that the use of alcohol during pregnancy is an abuse because it can potentially impact the baby. Serious cases of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome are directly attributed to alcohol intake during pregnancy.

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. A womb-to-tomb health disorder can develop in the baby if the mother consumes alcohol during pregnancy.


It has been determined by the UK Centres For Disease Control and Prevention that nearly one in 10 women who are pregnant consumes alcohol and one in 50 binge drink.


The Ratio Of Expectant Women That Use Alcohol

There is always an underlying reason as to why a woman is addicted to alcohol even during her pregnancy period. An abuse case is as critical as pregnancy. We should be empathetic with all the expectant women that are addicted to alcohol and take good care of them.

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. Contact our certified specialists right away to get connected with counsellors and experts in addiction treatment today call 0800 246 1509.