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.
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 liver of a baby in the womb is not equipped to process alcohol like the liver of a grown-up person. Many children that are born with disabilities are as a result of their mothers using alcohol when they were pregnant. Some doctors say there is a tolerable amount that the mother can ingest while pregnant while others advise abstinence from it. Many women abstain from alcohol completely so that their unborn baby will not be liable to dangers.
Alcohol intake during pregnancy affects the child who is developing.
It is unfortunate though that some pregnant women forget the potential harm to their children and continues to ingest alcohol while pregnant. Women who are dealing with addiction need to seek immediate help once they find out that they are pregnant.
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.
According to doctors, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is referred to as any medical challenge encountered by the unborn baby as a result of alcohol intake. Some cases of FASD are severe while some are not.
Some of the effects of FASD may include:
Cardiac and spinal related defects
Lower than the average height
Low body weight
Mental Impairment or retardation
Vision and hearing defects
Mood, attention, or anger disorders
Hindered body growth
Problems with the heart, kidney or bones
The Use Of Alcohol When Expectant
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.
When the content of alcohol in the blood is 0.08 percent or more, it is a sign of binge drinking, which occurs when too much alcohol, approximately 4 drinks, is consumed in just a couple of hours. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.
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.
The Statistics Of Pregnant Women Drinking
Help must be sought immediately if an expectant mother has an alcohol problem. Neither alcohol dependency nor pregnancy is an insensitive issue. We should be empathetic with all the expectant women that are addicted to alcohol and take good care of them.
If you or someone for whom you care is pregnant and has an alcohol problem, seek help immediately. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.