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 grown person can withstand alcohol but it's not so for an unborn baby in the womb because their cells are yet to mature. In the UK, it is found out that the leading cause of birth defects and other developmental disabilities is substance abuse of the mother. 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.
When an expectant mother drinks alcohol, it can enter the baby's body through blood.
These would have been very possible except the fact that some of these expectant mothers are already addicted to alcohol. They should the seek assistance during these period of being pregnant.
Babies with foetal alcohol syndrome are often found with abnormal facial features and develop mood and attention disorders as they grow older. It's not very easy to tell how alcohol affects the child in the womb since each mother and her baby are different.
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is the general term for all the effects that are bound to happen. It is uncommon with spectrum disorders though that some cases are not as serious as any other cases.
A number of FASD signs are as follows:
Unusual tiny brains and heads
Defects in the spine and heart
Significantly small or dwarfism
Low body weight
Problems with hearing and vision
Delayed physical development
Internal organ and bone issues
Pregnancy And Alcoholism
Intake of alcohol while pregnant, notwithstanding the amount is considered by many medical practitioners as alcohol abuse . Severe cases of FASD can be linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during her pregnancy.
The amount of 0.08% blood alcohol is considered is categorized under binge drinking which can be translated to 4 shots/drinks in a span of two hours. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.
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. The topics of addiction and pregnancy are both delicate. Compassion is crucial when handling pregnant women who have developed a dependency on alcohol.
If you or someone for whom you care is pregnant and has an alcohol problem, seek help immediately. Our specialists can help you find the right treatment, so contact them now on 0800 772 3971.