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Pregnant Women And Alcohol Abuse

Consuming Alcohol When You Are Expecting

Substance abuse is not as risky as in childbearing situation, where there could be an unredeemable effect on the child due to declines or setbacks.


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. The major causes of birth complications, impairments and deformities in America are the antenatal contact with alcohol and drugs. There's no consensus among doctors on how much alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Majority of expecting mothers shun alcohol completely to be on the safe side.


Alcohol intake during pregnancy affects the child who is developing.


These would have been very possible except the fact that some of these expectant mothers are already addicted to alcohol. 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

Babies with foetal alcohol syndrome are often found with abnormal facial features and develop mood and attention disorders as they grow older. A baby and the mother are different and therefore, there is no way of ascertaining how the alcohol will have an impact upon the child.

According to doctors, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is referred to as any medical challenge encountered by the unborn baby as a result of alcohol intake. Every medical case has its challenge peculiarity, that's regarding spectrum problems.


Common symptoms of FASD are as follows:

  • Atypically small head
  • Cardiac and spinal related defects
  • Being extremely short
  • B.M.I being so low than normal
  • Intellectual disability
  • Hearing and eyesight challenges
  • Attitude issues
  • Slow and even delayed physiological development
  • 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. The severity of symptoms of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders is directly linked to alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Binge drinking is defined by blood-alcohol content of 0.08%, which is typically achieved by consuming about four drinks within a period of two hours for most women. Babies who are exposed to alcohol while in the womb of the abusing mother is predisposed to develop dangerous birth defects or disorders even during maturity.


CDCP in the UK reported that 10% of pregnant women has a limited intake of alcohol while 2% excessively drinks.


The Statistics Of Pregnant Women Drinking

Help must be sought immediately if an expectant mother has an alcohol problem. Pregnancy and substance abuse do not go together well. 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 us on 0800 246 1509 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.