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Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

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.


Alcoholism during pregnancy is found to be very detrimental to the unborn. The liver of a grown person can withstand alcohol but it's not so for an unborn baby in the womb because their cells are yet to mature. 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.


Alcohol intake during pregnancy affects the child who is developing.


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. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.


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Learning About 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. Due to the variables involved in the study, there are no conclusive findings on how alcohol impacts the child during pregnancy.

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.


Some of the effects of FASD may include:

  • Atypically small head
  • Defects of the heart and spine
  • Stunted growth
  • Low body weight
  • Cerebral damage
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Attitude issues
  • Slow and even delayed physiological development
  • Heart, kidney or bone-related problems

Pregnancy And Alcoholism

There are bound to be some effects on the unborn child if the mother is taking alcohol. 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. 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.


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 Proportion Of Alcohol Addicted Mothers

There is always an underlying reason as to why a woman is addicted to alcohol even during her pregnancy period. 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. Our specialists can help you find the right treatment, so contact them now on 0800 246 1509.