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Being Pregnant And Alcohol Misuse

Using Alcohol When Expectant

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


The health of the child in the womb can be permanently damaged when the mother is indulging in alcohol. 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. A pregnant woman is given a measure of alcohol quantity to drink, according to the deliberations carried out by medical professionals. 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. Medical assistance is meant to be offered to pregnant ladies who are under alcohol abuse.


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Knowledge Of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

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). Some cases of FASD are severe while some are not.


A number of FASD signs are as follows:

  • Unusual tiny brains and heads
  • Spinal column and heart problems
  • Stunted growth
  • Abnormally low weight
  • Mental retardation
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Behavioural problems
  • Slow growth
  • Heart, kidney or bone-related problems

Pregnancy And Alcoholism

A majority of doctors believe using alcohol in any amount by an expectant mother is unsafe. The severity of symptoms of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders is directly linked to alcohol consumption 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. Babies who are exposed to alcohol while in the womb of the abusing mother is predisposed to develop dangerous birth defects or disorders even during maturity.


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.


Women Who Drink During Pregnancy Stats

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.