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Pregnant Women And Alcohol Abuse

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

It can be said that pregnancy while recovering from addiction is very dangerous especially when it comes to the effects of relapse to both the mother and the unborn.


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. 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. Majority of expecting mothers shun alcohol completely to be on the safe side.


Alcohol intake during pregnancy affects the child who is developing.


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. Women who are dealing with addiction need to seek immediate help once they find out that they are pregnant.


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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. However, getting to know how the use of alcohol by the mother affected the child is very hard since the effects tend to vary.

Health issues directly attributed to foetal alcohol exposure are referred to 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:

  • The size of the head being extremely small
  • Defects in the spine and heart
  • Lower than the average height
  • Underweight
  • Low intelligence
  • Hearing and eyesight challenges
  • Mood, attention, or anger disorders
  • Slow growth
  • Underdevelopment of the bones and other body organs

Alcohol Misuse While Pregnancy

There are bound to be some effects on the unborn child if the mother is taking alcohol. Serious cases of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome are directly attributed to alcohol intake during 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.


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. The topics of addiction and pregnancy are both delicate. We should be empathetic with all the expectant women that are addicted to alcohol and take good care of them.

Please seek immediate assistance if you or someone you know is battling addiction while being pregnant. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.