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Consuming Alcohol When You Are Expecting

It can be said that pregnancy while recovering from addiction is very dangerous especially when it comes to the effects of relapse to both the mother and the unborn.


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 a grown person can withstand alcohol but it's not so for an unborn baby in the womb because their cells are yet to mature. 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. Rather than put the health of the baby at risk pregnant mothers should be looking forward to avoiding alcohol during pregnancy.


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


Abstaining from alcohol intake might not be very easy for addicts who are pregnant even after being aware of the consequences. Women who are dealing with addiction need to seek immediate help once they find out that they are pregnant.


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Knowledge Of 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. However, getting to know how the use of alcohol by the mother affected the child is very hard since the effects tend to vary.

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the general term for all the effects that are bound to happen. Every medical case has its challenge peculiarity, that's regarding spectrum problems.


A number of FASD signs are as follows

  • Microcephaly
  • Problems with the heart and the spinal cord
  • Shorter in height than the average
  • B.M.I being so low than normal
  • Mental retardation
  • Vision and hearing defects
  • Behavioural issues
  • Slow physical development
  • Problems with the heart, kidney or bones

Alcohol Misuse While Pregnancy

Alcohol can create a dangerous effect on the baby; this is why medical professionals do not encourage alcohol abuse during pregnancy. The severity of symptoms of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders is directly linked to alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

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. 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.


In every 50 pregnant women, one is addicted to alcohol and 1 in every 1 expectant women takes art in alcohol use even if they are not addicted and this is statistics provided by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.


The Ratio Of Expectant Women That Use Alcohol

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. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.

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