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Being Pregnant And Alcohol Misuse

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

An addiction during pregnancy can assume alarming proportions because the consequences of a relapse can leave permanent damages on the baby.


Alcoholism during pregnancy is found to be very detrimental to the unborn. 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. There's no consensus among doctors on how much alcohol is safe during pregnancy. It is however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.


The foetus usually comes in contact with the alcohol drank by the mother.


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. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.


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What You Need To Know About Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Untypical facial features in babies, coupled with signs of attention, anger, or mood disorders is a sign of foetal alcohol syndrome. It's not very easy to tell how alcohol affects the child in the womb since each mother and her baby are different.

According to doctors, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is referred to as any medical challenge encountered by the unborn baby as a result of alcohol intake. Just like other disorders spectrum's not every case is as extreme as the others.


A number of FASD signs are as follows:

  • Microcephaly
  • Defects in the spine and heart
  • Being extremely short
  • Abnormally low weight
  • Mental Impairment or retardation
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Mood problems
  • Delayed physical development
  • Underdevelopment of the bones and other body organs

Pregnant And Addicted To Alcohol

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.

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. 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.


CDCP in the UK reported that 10% of pregnant women has a limited intake of alcohol while 2% excessively drinks.


The Proportion Of Alcohol Addicted Mothers

It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. An abuse case is as critical as pregnancy. 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. Our trained medical professionals will enrol you in an abuse therapy scheme if you contact us today on 0800 246 1509!