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Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

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. 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. It is highly recommended that pregnant women about alcohol intake during gestation.


When an expectant mother drinks alcohol, it can enter the baby's body through 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.


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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. 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 of these effect are not severe.


Common symptoms of FASD are as follows:

  • The size of the head being extremely small
  • Cardiac and spinal related defects
  • Shorter in height than the average
  • Underweight
  • Mental retardation
  • Problems with hearing and vision
  • Attitude issues
  • Slow growth
  • Kidney, heart and bone complications

Alcohol Dependency In Pregnant Mothers

Doctors had been maintaining that the use of alcohol during pregnancy is an abuse because it can potentially impact the baby. Serious cases of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome are directly attributed to alcohol intake during pregnancy.

Binge drinking is defined by blood-alcohol content of 0.08%, which is typically achieved by consuming about four drinks within a period of two hours for most women. 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.


Data suggests that 1 percent of women drink and 0.5 percent of women indulge in binge drinking during pregnancy.


Percentages Of Pregnant Women Drinking

Help must be sought immediately if an expectant mother has an alcohol problem. Neither alcohol dependency nor pregnancy is an insensitive issue. We should be empathetic with all the expectant women that are addicted to alcohol and take good care of them.

If you or someone for whom you care is pregnant and has an alcohol problem, seek help immediately. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.