Using Alcohol When Expectant
Effects to an unborn baby when the mother is using alcohol can be tragic.
Alcoholism during pregnancy is found to be very detrimental to the unborn. The liver of a baby in the womb is not equipped to process alcohol like the liver of a grown-up person. 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.
Any alcohol consumed by the pregnant mother during the pregnancy enters the bloodstream and is capable of reaching the baby.
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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Getting To Know What Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Is
Babies that are born with atypical facial features generally grows up to have mood, attention and anger disorders and could be suffering from foetal alcohol syndrome. However, getting to know how the use of alcohol by the mother affected the child is very hard since the effects tend to vary.
Health issues directly attributed to foetal alcohol exposure are referred to as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). It is uncommon with spectrum disorders though that some cases are not as serious as any other cases.
FASD and its effects to the child
- Problems with the heart and the spinal cord
- Significantly small or dwarfism
- B.M.I being so low than normal
- Mental retardation
- Poor eyesight and low hearing range
- Behavioural problems
- Delayed physical development
- Heart, kidney or bone-related problems
Alcohol Dependency In Pregnant Mothers
Alcohol can create a dangerous effect on the baby; this is why medical professionals do not encourage alcohol abuse during pregnancy. If a pregnant woman indulges in alcohol abuse, the child can suffer from a terrible FAS situation.
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. A baby is likely to suffer a long term health deformity if too much alcohol is taken during maternity period.
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.
The Proportion Of Alcohol Addicted Mothers
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. Careful intervention is the call of the hour in case of alcohol addiction in pregnant women.
Ensure you suggest help to any expectant mother within your reach that is yet fighting with the pressure of alcohol dependence. Our specialists can help you find the right treatment, so contact them now on 0800 246 1509.