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Alcohol Intake During Pregnancy

Effects to an unborn baby when the mother is using alcohol can be tragic.


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. 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. Some doctors say there is a tolerable amount that the mother can ingest while pregnant while others advise abstinence from it. Majority of expecting mothers shun alcohol completely to be on the safe side.


When an expectant mother drinks alcohol, it can enter the baby's body through blood.


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. They should the seek assistance during these period of being pregnant.


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What Is 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.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD for short) is an umbrella term given to every disorder arising from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Every medical case has its challenge peculiarity, that's regarding spectrum problems.


These disorders include

  • Unusual tiny brains and heads
  • Problems with the heart and the spinal cord
  • Lower than the average height
  • B.M.I being so low than normal
  • Mental Impairment or retardation
  • Poor eyesight and low hearing range
  • Mood problems
  • Slow growth
  • Problems with the heart, kidney or bones

Pregnancy And Alcoholism

Alcohol can create a dangerous effect on the baby; this is why medical professionals do not encourage alcohol abuse during pregnancy. If the mother is extremely addicted to drinking, the effects will be intense on the baby.

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. A womb-to-tomb health disorder can develop in the baby if the mother consumes alcohol during pregnancy.


Data suggests that 1 percent of women drink and 0.5 percent of women indulge in binge drinking during pregnancy.


The Statistics Of Pregnant Women Drinking

It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. An abuse case is as critical as pregnancy. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.

If you or someone for whom you care is pregnant and has an alcohol problem, seek help immediately. We can also help you reach out to some of the rehab centres and professional experts that will help you overcome the addiction call us on 0800 246 1509.