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Using Alcohol When Expectant

At no other time addiction is so dangerous as in pregnancy because relapse can result in congenital health problems in the baby.


The excessive use of alcohol by a pregnant mother can cause severe health problems for the baby, who could follow him or her well into adulthood. This is because the body organs of the unborn child are not well developed to tolerate the effects of alcohol such as their liver. Among the preventable causes of congenital defects, disabilities, and health problems in the UK, taking alcohol and drugs during pregnancy is ranked number one. Debates have been ongoing between the medical fraternity about the amount of alcohol a pregnant woman can consume, and the debates are focusing on determining the safe limits. 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.


These would have been very possible except the fact that some of these expectant mothers are already addicted to alcohol. 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 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.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the general term for all the effects that are bound to happen. Every medical case has its challenge peculiarity, that's regarding spectrum problems.


These disorders include

  • Atypically small head
  • Defects in the spine and heart
  • Shorter in height than the average
  • Underweight
  • Low intelligence
  • Hearing and eyesight challenges
  • Mood problems
  • Slow physical development
  • Internal organ and bone issues

The Use Of Alcohol When Expectant

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.

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. 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.


It has been determined by the UK Centres For Disease Control and Prevention that nearly one in 10 women who are pregnant consumes alcohol and one in 50 binge drink.


The Statistics Of Pregnant Women Drinking

There is always an underlying reason as to why a woman is addicted to alcohol even during her pregnancy period. Neither alcohol dependency nor pregnancy is an insensitive issue. Careful intervention is the call of the hour in case of alcohol addiction in pregnant women.

Ensure you suggest help to any expectant mother within your reach that is yet fighting with the pressure of alcohol dependence. Our trained medical professionals will enrol you in an abuse therapy scheme if you contact us today on 0800 772 3971!