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Being Pregnant And Alcohol Misuse

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.


Alcoholism during pregnancy is found to be very detrimental to the unborn. 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. 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 however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.


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


These would have been very possible except the fact that some of these expectant mothers are already addicted to alcohol. They should the seek assistance during these period of being pregnant.


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Knowledge Of 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.

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.


A number of FASD signs are as follows:

  • Abnormally small heads and brains
  • Defects in the spine and heart
  • Being extremely short
  • Lower than normal body weight
  • Cerebral damage
  • Problems with hearing and vision
  • Behavioural problems
  • Slow and even delayed physiological development
  • Problems with the heart, kidney or bones

Pregnant And Addicted To Alcohol

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. 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

It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. An abuse case is as critical as pregnancy. Compassion is crucial when handling pregnant women who have developed a dependency on alcohol.

If you or someone for whom you care is pregnant and has an alcohol problem, seek help immediately. Contact our certified specialists right away to get connected with counsellors and experts in addiction treatment today call 0800 246 1509.