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Alcohol And Pregnant Women

Using Alcohol When Expectant

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


Alcoholism during pregnancy is found to be very detrimental to the unborn. The liver of the unborn inside the mother's womb is unable to fully process alcohol just an adult's. Many children that are born with disabilities are as a result of their mothers using alcohol when they were pregnant. 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.


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 addicted and pregnant should be looking forward to getting assistance immediately.


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Learning About Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Foetal alcohol syndrome is a medical situation that attack babies in the womb who were exposed to alcohol, causing them to develop temper, mind and sadness problems. However, getting to know how the use of alcohol by the mother affected the child is very hard since the effects tend to vary.

Experts have determined that all health problems from alcohol exposure before both as foetal alcohol spectrum disorders [FASD]. It is uncommon with spectrum disorders though that some cases are not as serious as any other cases.


Common symptoms of FASD are as follows:

  • Atypically small head
  • Defects of the heart and spine
  • Lower than the average height
  • Lower than normal body weight
  • Cerebral damage
  • Problems with hearing and vision
  • Mood, attention, or anger disorders
  • Hindered body growth
  • Kidney, heart and bone complications

Alcohol Dependency In Pregnant Mothers

Alcohol can create a dangerous effect on the baby; this is why medical professionals do not encourage alcohol abuse during pregnancy. Severe cases of FASD can be linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during her pregnancy.

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. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.


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.


Women Who Drink During Pregnancy Stats

If a pregnant woman is struggling with alcohol dependency it is likely that her condition is not disclosing her true situation. The topics of addiction and pregnancy are both delicate. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.

Please seek immediate assistance if you or someone you know is battling addiction while being pregnant. Our trained medical professionals will enrol you in an abuse therapy scheme if you contact us today on 0800 246 1509!