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Pregnant Women And Alcohol Abuse

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

An addiction during pregnancy can assume alarming proportions because the consequences of a relapse can leave permanent damages on the baby.


Alcoholism during pregnancy is found to be very detrimental to the unborn. The liver of the unborn inside the mother's womb is unable to fully process alcohol just an adult's. Among the preventable causes of congenital defects, disabilities, and health problems in the UK, taking alcohol and drugs during pregnancy is ranked number one. 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. Majority of expecting mothers shun alcohol completely to be on the safe side.


When an expectant mother drinks alcohol, it can enter the baby's body through blood.


Unfortunately, most women who are struggling with an alcohol addiction during their pregnancy are unable to give up on the habit despite their understanding of the potentially harmful nature of the addiction. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.


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Learning About 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]. Every medical case has its challenge peculiarity, that's regarding spectrum problems.


A number of FASD signs are as follows:

  • Atypically small head
  • Defects of the heart and spine
  • Lower than the average height
  • Low body weight
  • Cerebral damage
  • Poor eyesight and low hearing range
  • Mood problems
  • Hindered body growth
  • Kidney, heart and bone complications

Pregnancy And Alcoholism

A majority of doctors believe using alcohol in any amount by an expectant mother is unsafe. Severe cases of FASD can be linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during her 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. There is a high likelihood that the unborn child will have a problem or ailment later in their life if the mother indulges in alcohol abuse.


CDCP in the UK reported that 10% of pregnant women has a limited intake of alcohol while 2% excessively drinks.


The Ratio Of Expectant Women That Use Alcohol

There is always an underlying reason as to why a woman is addicted to alcohol even during her pregnancy period. 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 specialists can help you find the right treatment, so contact them now on 0800 246 1509.