Alcohol Intake During Pregnancy
An addiction during pregnancy can assume alarming proportions because the consequences of a relapse can leave permanent damages on 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 child who is still developing within the womb of the mother does not have a liver which functions adequately to process the alcohol in the manner of an adult liver. Many children that are born with disabilities are as a result of their mothers using alcohol when they were pregnant. A pregnant woman is given a measure of alcohol quantity to drink, according to the deliberations carried out by medical professionals. It is however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.
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. Women who are dealing with addiction need to seek immediate help once they find out that they are pregnant.
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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.
Experts have determined that all health problems from alcohol exposure before both as foetal alcohol spectrum disorders [FASD]. Some of these effect are not severe.
FASD and its effects to the child
- Abnormally small heads and brains
- Spinal column and heart problems
- Significantly small or dwarfism
- Abnormally low weight
- Mental Impairment or retardation
- Hearing and eyesight challenges
- Mood, attention, or anger disorders
- Slow growth
- Internal organ and bone issues
Alcohol Dependency In Pregnant Mothers
Intake of alcohol while pregnant, notwithstanding the amount is considered by many medical practitioners as alcohol abuse . Severe cases of FASD can be linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during her pregnancy.
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. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.
Data suggests that 1 percent of women drink and 0.5 percent of women indulge in binge drinking during pregnancy.
Women Who Drink During Pregnancy Stats
Help must be sought immediately if an expectant mother has an alcohol problem. 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. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.