Effects to an unborn baby when the mother is using alcohol can be tragic.
The excessive use of alcohol by a pregnant mother can cause severe health problems for the baby, who could follow him or her well into adulthood. 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. A pregnant woman is given a measure of alcohol quantity to drink, according to the deliberations carried out by medical professionals. Majority of expecting mothers shun alcohol completely to be on the safe side.
The foetus usually comes in contact with the alcohol drank by the mother.
It is unfortunate though that some pregnant women forget the potential harm to their children and continues to ingest alcohol while pregnant. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.
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. 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. Just like other disorders spectrum's not every case is as extreme as the others.
Some of the effects of FASD may include:
Abnormally small heads and brains
Defects of the heart and spine
Lower than the average height
B.M.I being so low than normal
Vision and hearing defects
Slow and even delayed physiological development
Problems with the heart, kidney or bones
Pregnant And Addicted To Alcohol
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.
Taking alcohol up to four times in two hours can lead to an abuse that will cause the blood to have about 0.08% content of alcohol, that is how binge drinking is explained. A baby is likely to suffer a long term health deformity if too much alcohol is taken during maternity period.
Data suggests that 1 percent of women drink and 0.5 percent of women indulge in binge drinking during pregnancy.
Percentages Of Pregnant Women Drinking
It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. Pregnancy and substance abuse do not go together well. Compassion is crucial when handling pregnant women who have developed a dependency on alcohol.
Please seek immediate assistance if you or someone you know is battling addiction while being pregnant. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.