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Alcohol And Pregnant Women

Alcohol Intake During Pregnancy

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 health of the child in the womb can be permanently damaged when the mother is indulging in alcohol. 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. Some doctors say there is a tolerable amount that the mother can ingest while pregnant while others advise abstinence from it. 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. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.


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Knowledge Of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is always associated with the people that have anger issues, mood swings and lack of focus. 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.

Health issues directly attributed to foetal alcohol exposure are referred to as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Some of these effect are not severe.


A number of FASD signs are as follows:

  • Atypically small head
  • Spinal column and heart problems
  • Being extremely short
  • Abnormally low weight
  • Low intelligence
  • Poor eyesight and low hearing range
  • Mood problems
  • Slow growth
  • Underdevelopment of the bones and other body organs

Alcohol Misuse While Pregnancy

Alcohol can create a dangerous effect on the baby; this is why medical professionals do not encourage alcohol abuse during pregnancy. If the mother is extremely addicted to drinking, the effects will be intense on the baby.

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.


Data suggests that 1 percent of women drink and 0.5 percent of women indulge in binge drinking during pregnancy.


The Proportion Of Alcohol Addicted Mothers

It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. Neither alcohol dependency nor pregnancy is an insensitive issue. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.

If you or someone for whom you care is pregnant and has an alcohol problem, seek help immediately. Our trained medical professionals will enrol you in an abuse therapy scheme if you contact us today on 0800 246 1509!