Using Alcohol When Expectant
At no other time addiction is so dangerous as in pregnancy because relapse can result in congenital health problems in 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. One of the leading causes of birth defects which include abnormalities and developmental disabilities within the United States is the prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol. Debates have been ongoing between the medical fraternity about the amount of alcohol a pregnant woman can consume, and the debates are focusing on determining the safe limits. Many women abstain from alcohol completely so that their unborn baby will not be liable to dangers.
Any alcohol consumed by the pregnant mother during the pregnancy enters the bloodstream and is capable of reaching the baby.
These would have been very possible except the fact that some of these expectant mothers are already addicted to alcohol. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.
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What Is 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. It is not possible to know how consuming alcohol during pregnancy will affect the baby.
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.
Common symptoms of FASD are as follows
- Atypically small head
- Defects of the heart and spine
- Lower than the average height
- Cerebral damage
- Vision and hearing defects
- Mood, attention, or anger disorders
- Slow growth
- Heart, kidney or bone-related problems
The Use Of Alcohol When Expectant
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.
The amount of 0.08% blood alcohol is considered is categorized under binge drinking which can be translated to 4 shots/drinks in a span of two hours. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.
In every 50 pregnant women, one is addicted to alcohol and 1 in every 1 expectant women takes art in alcohol use even if they are not addicted and this is statistics provided by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Ratio Of Expectant Women That Use Alcohol
It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. An abuse case is as critical as pregnancy. Careful intervention is the call of the hour in case of alcohol addiction in pregnant women.
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!