At no other time addiction is so dangerous as in pregnancy because relapse can result in congenital health problems in the baby.
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. In the UK, it is found out that the leading cause of birth defects and other developmental disabilities is substance abuse of the mother. There have been deliberations on the right amount of alcohol an expectant mother can drink without affecting their unborn child. It is however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.
The baby is likely to receive any alcohol taken by the mother through the flow of blood.
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.
Babies with foetal alcohol syndrome are often found with abnormal facial features and develop mood and attention disorders as they grow older. It's not very easy to tell how alcohol affects the child in the womb since each mother and her baby are different.
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the general term for all the effects that are bound to happen. Some cases of FASD are severe while some are not.
Some of the effects of FASD may include:
Unusual tiny brains and heads
Defects in the spine and heart
Shorter in height than the average
Lower than normal body weight
Poor eyesight and low hearing range
Slow physical development
Underdevelopment of the bones and other body organs
Pregnant And Addicted To Alcohol
A majority of doctors believe using alcohol in any amount by an expectant mother is unsafe. If a pregnant woman indulges in alcohol abuse, the child can suffer from a terrible FAS situation.
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.
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.
Percentages Of Pregnant Women Drinking
If a pregnant woman is struggling with alcohol dependency it is likely that her condition is not disclosing her true situation. We should always handle with care any matters to do with alcohol over dependency and pregnancy. Kindness and love is required in treating expectant mothers who are equally alcohol abusers.
Please seek immediate assistance if you or someone you know is battling addiction while being pregnant. Contact our certified specialists right away to get connected with counsellors and experts in addiction treatment today call 0800 772 3971.