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Pregnant Women And Alcohol Abuse

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

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. In the UK, it is found out that the leading cause of birth defects and other developmental disabilities is substance abuse of the mother. A pregnant woman is given a measure of alcohol quantity to drink, according to the deliberations carried out by medical professionals. Rather than put the health of the baby at risk pregnant mothers should be looking forward to avoiding alcohol during pregnancy.


The baby is likely to receive any alcohol taken by the mother through the flow of blood.


It is unfortunate though that some pregnant women forget the potential harm to their children and continues to ingest alcohol while pregnant. Medical assistance is meant to be offered to pregnant ladies who are under alcohol abuse.


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What Is 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. 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.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD for short) is an umbrella term given to every disorder arising from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Every medical case has its challenge peculiarity, that's regarding spectrum problems.


Common symptoms of FASD are as follows:

  • Microcephaly
  • Defects of the heart and spine
  • Significantly small or dwarfism
  • Abnormally low weight
  • Mental Impairment or retardation
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Behavioural problems
  • Slow growth
  • Underdevelopment of the bones and other body organs

Pregnancy And Alcoholism

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.

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. A baby is likely to suffer a long term health deformity if too much alcohol is taken during maternity period.


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 Ratio Of Expectant Women That Use Alcohol

Help must be sought immediately if an expectant mother has an alcohol problem. The topics of addiction and pregnancy are both delicate. We should be empathetic with all the expectant women that are addicted to alcohol and take good care of them.

Please seek immediate assistance if you or someone you know is battling addiction while being pregnant. We can also help you reach out to some of the rehab centres and professional experts that will help you overcome the addiction call us on 0800 246 1509.