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Pregnant Women And Alcohol Abuse

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 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. In the UK, it is found out that the leading cause of birth defects and other developmental disabilities is substance abuse of the mother. Some doctors say there is a tolerable amount that the mother can ingest while pregnant while others advise abstinence from it. Many women abstain from alcohol completely so that their unborn baby will not be liable to dangers.


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


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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Learning About 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. 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) is the general term for all the effects that are bound to happen. Some of these effect are not severe.


Common symptoms of FASD are as follows:

  • Unusual tiny brains and heads
  • Defects in the spine and heart
  • Significantly small or dwarfism
  • Lower than normal body weight
  • Low intelligence
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Mood, attention, or anger disorders
  • Delayed physical development
  • Underdevelopment of the bones and other body organs

Alcohol Dependency In Pregnant Mothers

Doctors had been maintaining that the use of alcohol during pregnancy is an abuse because it can potentially impact the baby. The severity of symptoms of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders is directly linked to alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

When the content of alcohol in the blood is 0.08 percent or more, it is a sign of binge drinking, which occurs when too much alcohol, approximately 4 drinks, is consumed in just a couple of hours. 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.


Data suggests that 1 percent of women drink and 0.5 percent of women indulge in binge drinking during pregnancy.


Percentages Of Pregnant Women Drinking

There is always an underlying reason as to why a woman is addicted to alcohol even during her pregnancy period. Neither alcohol dependency nor pregnancy is an insensitive issue. Kindness and love is required in treating expectant mothers who are equally alcohol abusers.

Ensure you suggest help to any expectant mother within your reach that is yet fighting with the pressure of alcohol dependence. Contact our certified specialists right away to get connected with counsellors and experts in addiction treatment today call 0800 246 1509.