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Alcohol And Pregnant Women

Drinking During The Maternity Period

Effects to an unborn baby when the mother is using alcohol can be tragic.


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. The major causes of birth complications, impairments and deformities in America are the antenatal contact with alcohol and drugs. Some doctors say there is a tolerable amount that the mother can ingest while pregnant while others advise abstinence from it. Many women abstain from alcohol completely so that their unborn baby will not be liable to dangers.


The foetus usually comes in contact with the alcohol drank by the mother.


Abstaining from alcohol intake might not be very easy for addicts who are pregnant even after being aware of the consequences. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.


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Getting To Know What Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Is

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. 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). Just like other disorders spectrum's not every case is as extreme as the others.


A number of FASD signs are as follows:

  • Microcephaly
  • Defects in the spine and heart
  • Shorter in height than the average
  • Lower than normal body weight
  • Mental retardation
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Behavioural issues
  • Slow physical development
  • Internal organ and bone issues

Alcohol Misuse While Pregnancy

Doctors had been maintaining that the use of alcohol during pregnancy is an abuse because it can potentially impact the baby. If the mother is extremely addicted to drinking, the effects will be intense on the baby.

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.


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


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. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.