Consuming Alcohol When You Are Expecting
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. Among the preventable causes of congenital defects, disabilities, and health problems in the UK, taking alcohol and drugs during pregnancy is ranked number one. 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.
When an expectant mother drinks alcohol, it can enter the baby's body through blood.
Abstaining from alcohol intake might not be very easy for addicts who are pregnant even after being aware of the consequences. Women who are addicted and pregnant should be looking forward to getting assistance immediately.
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Learning About Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Foetal alcohol syndrome is a medical situation that attack babies in the womb who were exposed to alcohol, causing them to develop temper, mind and sadness problems. 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.
Experts have determined that all health problems from alcohol exposure before both as foetal alcohol spectrum disorders [FASD]. Some cases of FASD are severe while some are not.
These disorders include
- Atypically small head
- Cardiac and spinal related defects
- Stunted growth
- Low body weight
- Mental retardation
- Problems with hearing and vision
- Mood, attention, or anger disorders
- Slow and even delayed physiological development
- Heart, kidney or bone-related problems
Pregnant And Addicted To Alcohol
Intake of alcohol while pregnant, notwithstanding the amount is considered by many medical practitioners as alcohol abuse . Severe cases of FASD can be linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during her pregnancy.
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.
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.
Women Who Drink During Pregnancy Stats
There is always an underlying reason as to why a woman is addicted to alcohol even during her pregnancy period. Pregnancy and substance abuse do not go together well. Compassion is crucial when handling pregnant women who have developed a dependency on alcohol.
If you or a woman close to you is struggling with alcohol addiction during her pregnancy, you are strongly advised not to wait to get help. We can also help you reach out to some of the rehab centres and professional experts that will help you overcome the addiction call us on 0800 772 3971.