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. Among the preventable causes of congenital defects, disabilities, and health problems in the UK, taking alcohol and drugs during pregnancy is ranked number one. There's no consensus among doctors on how much alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Rather than put the health of the baby at risk pregnant mothers should be looking forward to avoiding alcohol during pregnancy.
Alcohol intake during pregnancy affects the child who is developing.
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.
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. 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.
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.
A number of FASD signs are as follows:
Abnormally small heads and brains
Problems with the heart and the spinal cord
Lower than the average height
Lower than normal body weight
Mental Impairment or retardation
Vision and hearing defects
Internal organ and bone issues
Alcohol Dependency In Pregnant Mothers
A majority of doctors believe using alcohol in any amount by an expectant mother is unsafe. 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. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.
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. Neither alcohol dependency nor pregnancy is an insensitive issue. Compassion is crucial when handling pregnant women who have developed a dependency on alcohol.
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 772 3971!