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Alcohol Intake During Pregnancy

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

Heavy drinking during pregnancy can result in health problems for the baby that can continue to affect him or her even after many years. The liver of a baby in the womb is not equipped to process alcohol like the liver of a grown-up person. Among the preventable causes of congenital defects, disabilities, and health problems in the UK, taking alcohol and drugs during pregnancy is ranked number one. There have been deliberations on the right amount of alcohol an expectant mother can drink without affecting their unborn child. It is highly recommended that pregnant women about alcohol intake during gestation.

The foetus usually comes in contact with the alcohol drank by the mother.

It is unfortunate though that some pregnant women forget the potential harm to their children and continues to ingest alcohol while pregnant. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.

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What Is Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is always associated with the people that have anger issues, mood swings and lack of focus. Due to the variables involved in the study, there are no conclusive findings on how alcohol impacts the child during pregnancy.

According to doctors, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is referred to as any medical challenge encountered by the unborn baby as a result of alcohol intake. Just like other disorders spectrum's not every case is as extreme as the others.

These disorders include

  • Atypically small head
  • Cardiac and spinal related defects
  • Stunted growth
  • Abnormally low weight
  • Cerebral damage
  • Hearing and eyesight challenges
  • Mood problems
  • Slow physical development
  • Problems with the heart, kidney or bones

Alcohol Misuse While Pregnancy

A majority of doctors believe using alcohol in any amount by an expectant mother is unsafe. 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. A baby is likely to suffer a long term health deformity if too much alcohol is taken during maternity period.

In every 50 pregnant women, one is addicted to alcohol and 1 in every 1 expectant women takes art in alcohol use even if they are not addicted and this is statistics provided by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Women Who Drink During Pregnancy Stats

There are so many risks that follow to any expectant mother that is equally addicted to alcohol. The topics of addiction and pregnancy are both delicate. Careful intervention is the call of the hour in case of alcohol addiction in pregnant women.

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!