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Alcohol And Pregnant Women

Alcohol Intake During Pregnancy

An addiction during pregnancy can assume alarming proportions because the consequences of a relapse can leave permanent damages on 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. The child who is still developing within the womb of the mother does not have a liver which functions adequately to process the alcohol in the manner of an adult 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. Some doctors say there is a tolerable amount that the mother can ingest while pregnant while others advise abstinence from it. 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.


Abstaining from alcohol intake might not be very easy for addicts who are pregnant even after being aware of the consequences. Women who are addicted and pregnant should be looking forward to getting assistance immediately.


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Knowledge Of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Babies with foetal alcohol syndrome are often found with abnormal facial features and develop mood and attention disorders as they grow older. 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.

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.


Some of the effects of FASD may include:

  • Microcephaly
  • Defects in the spine and heart
  • Significantly small or dwarfism
  • Low body weight
  • Mental Impairment or retardation
  • Hearing and eyesight challenges
  • Attitude issues
  • Delayed physical development
  • Problems with the heart, kidney or bones

Pregnancy And Alcoholism

Intake of alcohol while pregnant, notwithstanding the amount is considered by many medical practitioners as alcohol abuse . If the mother is extremely addicted to drinking, the effects will be intense on the baby.

Those women that take part in spree drinking mostly drink an average of 4 bottles within 2 hours which increases the alcohol levels in their blood. A baby is likely to suffer a long term health deformity if too much alcohol is taken during maternity period.


10% of mothers who are pregnant take alcohol, while about 2% abuse alcohol, this deduction was gotten from the report given by U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.


The Statistics Of Pregnant Women Drinking

It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. Pregnancy and substance abuse do not go together well. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.

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.