An addiction during pregnancy can assume alarming proportions because the consequences of a relapse can leave permanent damages on the baby.
A child might develop long term health issues right from birth, if the mother subjects herself to too much drinking during pregnancy. 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. 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. It is however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.
The baby is likely to receive any alcohol taken by the mother through the flow of blood.
Abstaining from alcohol intake might not be very easy for addicts who are pregnant even after being aware of the consequences. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.
What You Need To Know About 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. Due to the variables involved in the study, there are no conclusive findings on how alcohol impacts the child during pregnancy.
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.
Common symptoms of FASD are as follows:
The size of the head being extremely small
Cardiac and spinal related defects
Abnormally low weight
Poor eyesight and low hearing range
Hindered body growth
Kidney, heart and bone complications
Alcohol Misuse While Pregnancy
Intake of alcohol while pregnant, notwithstanding the amount is considered by many medical practitioners as alcohol abuse . If the mother is extremely addicted to drinking, the effects will be intense on the baby.
Binge drinking is defined by blood-alcohol content of 0.08%, which is typically achieved by consuming about four drinks within a period of two hours for most women. 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.
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
There are so many risks that follow to any expectant mother that is equally addicted to alcohol. We should always handle with care any matters to do with alcohol over dependency and pregnancy. We should be empathetic with all the expectant women that are addicted to alcohol and take good care of them.
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 772 3971 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.