Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant
Effects to an unborn baby when the mother is using alcohol can be tragic.
Heavy drinking during pregnancy can result in health problems for the baby that can continue to affect him or her even after many years. This is because the body organs of the unborn child are not well developed to tolerate the effects of alcohol such as their liver. In the UK, it is found out that the leading cause of birth defects and other developmental disabilities is substance abuse of the mother. 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. Rather than put the health of the baby at risk pregnant mothers should be looking forward to avoiding alcohol during pregnancy.
The baby is likely to receive any alcohol taken by the mother through the flow of blood.
It is unfortunate though that some pregnant women forget the potential harm to their children and continues to ingest alcohol while pregnant. They should the seek assistance during these period of being pregnant.
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What You Need To Know About 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.
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD for short) is an umbrella term given to every disorder arising from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Some of these effect are not severe.
Some of the effects of FASD may include:
- Unusual tiny brains and heads
- Problems with the heart and the spinal cord
- Being extremely short
- Mental retardation
- Hearing and eyesight challenges
- Behavioural problems
- Hindered body growth
- Kidney, heart and bone complications
Alcohol Dependency In Pregnant Mothers
Alcohol can create a dangerous effect on the baby; this is why medical professionals do not encourage alcohol abuse during pregnancy. 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. A womb-to-tomb health disorder can develop in the baby if the mother consumes alcohol during pregnancy.
CDCP in the UK reported that 10% of pregnant women has a limited intake of alcohol while 2% excessively drinks.
Percentages Of Pregnant Women Drinking
There is always an underlying reason as to why a woman is addicted to alcohol even during her pregnancy period. The topics of addiction and pregnancy are both delicate. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.
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.