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Alcohol And Pregnancy

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.


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. This is because the body organs of the unborn child are not well developed to tolerate the effects of alcohol such as their liver. Among the preventable causes of congenital defects, disabilities, and health problems in the UK, taking alcohol and drugs during pregnancy is ranked number one. Some doctors say there is a tolerable amount that the mother can ingest while pregnant while others advise abstinence from it. It is however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.


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


Giving up alcohol completing during the course of pregnancy is not easy for women addicted to alcohol, even when they understand the harmful effects of drinking in their condition. Medical assistance is meant to be offered to pregnant ladies who are under alcohol abuse.


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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. 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. Some of these effect are not severe.


FASD and its effects to the child:

  • Microcephaly
  • Cardiac and spinal related defects
  • Stunted growth
  • Underweight
  • Mental retardation
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Behavioural issues
  • Slow physical development
  • Heart, kidney or bone-related problems

Alcohol Misuse While Pregnancy

Alcohol can create a dangerous effect on the baby; this is why medical professionals do not encourage alcohol abuse during pregnancy. If a pregnant woman indulges in alcohol abuse, the child can suffer from a terrible FAS situation.

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. 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.


10% of mothers who are pregnant take alcohol, while about 2% abuse alcohol, this deduction was gotten from the report given by U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.


The Ratio Of Expectant Women That Use Alcohol

It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. 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 someone for whom you care is pregnant and has an alcohol problem, seek help immediately. Our trained medical professionals will enrol you in an abuse therapy scheme if you contact us today on 0800 246 1509!