Using Alcohol When Expectant
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.
Alcoholism during pregnancy is found to be very detrimental to the unborn. The child who is still developing within the womb of the mother does not have a liver which functions adequately to process the alcohol in the manner of an adult liver. One of the leading causes of birth defects which include abnormalities and developmental disabilities within the United States is the prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol. 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. Majority of expecting mothers shun alcohol completely to be on the safe side.
When an expectant mother drinks alcohol, it can enter the baby's body through blood.
Giving up alcohol completing during the course of pregnancy is not easy for women addicted to alcohol, even when they understand the harmful effects of drinking in their condition. Medical assistance is meant to be offered to pregnant ladies who are under alcohol abuse.
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What Is 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.
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD for short) is an umbrella term given to every disorder arising from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Just like other disorders spectrum's not every case is as extreme as the others.
A number of FASD signs are as follows
- Atypically small head
- Defects in the spine and heart
- Stunted growth
- Low body weight
- Mental retardation
- Vision and hearing defects
- Behavioural issues
- Slow physical development
- Problems with the heart, kidney or bones
Alcohol Misuse While Pregnancy
There are bound to be some effects on the unborn child if the mother is taking alcohol. Serious cases of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome are directly attributed to alcohol intake during pregnancy.
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.
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.
Percentages Of Pregnant Women Drinking
It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. An abuse case is as critical as pregnancy. 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. Our trained medical professionals will enrol you in an abuse therapy scheme if you contact us today on 0800 246 1509!