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Alcohol And Pregnant Women

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.


The health of the child in the womb can be permanently damaged when the mother is indulging in alcohol. The liver of the unborn inside the mother's womb is unable to fully process alcohol just an adult's. Many children that are born with disabilities are as a result of their mothers using alcohol when they were pregnant. There's no consensus among doctors on how much alcohol is safe during pregnancy. 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.


These would have been very possible except the fact that some of these expectant mothers are already addicted to alcohol. Medical assistance is meant to be offered to pregnant ladies who are under alcohol abuse.


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Knowledge Of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Babies with foetal alcohol syndrome are often found with abnormal facial features and develop mood and attention disorders as they grow older. It is not possible to know how consuming alcohol during pregnancy will affect the baby.

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. Some cases of FASD are severe while some are not.


These disorders include:

  • The size of the head being extremely small
  • Spinal column and heart problems
  • Significantly small or dwarfism
  • Abnormally low weight
  • Mental retardation
  • Poor eyesight and low hearing range
  • Behavioural problems
  • Slow and even delayed physiological development
  • Kidney, heart and bone complications

The Use Of Alcohol When Expectant

There are bound to be some effects on the unborn child if the mother is taking alcohol. 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. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.


10% of mothers who are pregnant take alcohol, while about 2% abuse alcohol, this deduction was gotten from the report given by U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.


The Statistics Of Pregnant Women Drinking

If a pregnant woman is struggling with alcohol dependency it is likely that her condition is not disclosing her true situation. We should always handle with care any matters to do with alcohol over dependency and pregnancy. Compassion is crucial when handling pregnant women who have developed a dependency on alcohol.

You can help them get the assistance they need to overcome this condition. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.