Using Alcohol When Expectant
It can be said that pregnancy while recovering from addiction is very dangerous especially when it comes to the effects of relapse to both the mother and the unborn.
Heavy drinking during pregnancy can result in health problems for the baby that can continue to affect him or her even after many years. This is because the body organs of the unborn child are not well developed to tolerate the effects of alcohol such as their liver. Many children that are born with disabilities are as a result of their mothers using alcohol when they were pregnant. 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.
It is unfortunate though that some pregnant women forget the potential harm to their children and continues to ingest alcohol while pregnant. Women who are dealing with addiction need to seek immediate help once they find out that they are pregnant.
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Knowledge Of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
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. Due to the variables involved in the study, there are no conclusive findings on how alcohol impacts the child during pregnancy.
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD for short) is an umbrella term given to every disorder arising from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Some cases of FASD are severe while some are not.
Some of the effects of FASD may include
- The size of the head being extremely small
- Problems with the heart and the spinal cord
- Significantly small or dwarfism
- Low body weight
- Low intelligence
- Vision and hearing defects
- Mood, attention, or anger disorders
- Slow physical development
- Problems with the heart, kidney or bones
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. The severity of symptoms of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders is directly linked to alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
When the content of alcohol in the blood is 0.08 percent or more, it is a sign of binge drinking, which occurs when too much alcohol, approximately 4 drinks, is consumed in just a couple of hours. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.
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 Ratio Of Expectant Women That Use Alcohol
If a pregnant woman is struggling with alcohol dependency it is likely that her condition is not disclosing her true situation. Pregnancy and substance abuse do not go together well. Careful intervention is the call of the hour in case of alcohol addiction in pregnant women.
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.