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Being Pregnant And Alcohol Misuse

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.


A child might develop long term health issues right from birth, if the mother subjects herself to too much drinking during pregnancy. The liver of the unborn inside the mother's womb is unable to fully process alcohol just an adult's. 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. Debates have been ongoing between the medical fraternity about the amount of alcohol a pregnant woman can consume, and the debates are focusing on determining the safe limits. Rather than put the health of the baby at risk pregnant mothers should be looking forward to avoiding alcohol during pregnancy.


Alcohol intake during pregnancy affects the child who is developing.


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. It is not possible to know how consuming alcohol during pregnancy will affect the baby.

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.


Some of the effects of FASD may include:

  • Atypically small head
  • Defects in the spine and heart
  • Lower than the average height
  • Abnormally low weight
  • Low intelligence
  • Problems with hearing and vision
  • Mood, attention, or anger disorders
  • Hindered body growth
  • Underdevelopment of the bones and other body organs

The Use Of Alcohol When Expectant

Doctors had been maintaining that the use of alcohol during pregnancy is an abuse because it can potentially impact the baby. Severe cases of FASD can be linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during her pregnancy.

Those women that take part in spree drinking mostly drink an average of 4 bottles within 2 hours which increases the alcohol levels in their blood. 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.


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.


Percentages Of Pregnant Women Drinking

There is always an underlying reason as to why a woman is addicted to alcohol even during her pregnancy period. An abuse case is as critical as pregnancy. 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. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.