Substance abuse is not as risky as in childbearing situation, where there could be an unredeemable effect on the child due to declines or setbacks.
Heavy drinking during pregnancy can result in health problems for the baby that can continue to affect him or her even after many years. The liver of the unborn inside the mother's womb is unable to fully process alcohol just an adult's. Many children that are born with disabilities are as a result of their mothers using alcohol when they were pregnant. There's no consensus among doctors on how much alcohol is safe during pregnancy. It is however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.
Any alcohol consumed by the pregnant mother during the pregnancy enters the bloodstream and is capable of reaching the baby.
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.
Babies with foetal alcohol syndrome are often found with abnormal facial features and develop mood and attention disorders as they grow older. 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. It is uncommon with spectrum disorders though that some cases are not as serious as any other cases.
Some of the effects of FASD may include:
Atypically small head
Cardiac and spinal related defects
Shorter in height than the average
B.M.I being so low than normal
Hearing and eyesight challenges
Mood, attention, or anger disorders
Heart, kidney or bone-related problems
Pregnancy And Alcoholism
There are bound to be some effects on the unborn child if the mother is taking alcohol. 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
If a pregnant woman is struggling with alcohol dependency it is likely that her condition is not disclosing her true situation. 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.
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.