At no other time addiction is so dangerous as in pregnancy because relapse can result in congenital health problems in the baby.
The health of the child in the womb can be permanently damaged when the mother is indulging in alcohol. 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.
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. They should the seek assistance during these period of being pregnant.
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. It is not possible to know how consuming alcohol during pregnancy will affect the baby.
Health issues directly attributed to foetal alcohol exposure are referred to as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Some cases of FASD are severe while some are not.
Common symptoms of FASD are as follows:
Atypically small head
Cardiac and spinal related defects
Significantly small or dwarfism
Low body weight
Poor eyesight and low hearing range
Kidney, heart and bone complications
Pregnancy And Alcoholism
A majority of doctors believe using alcohol in any amount by an expectant mother is unsafe. 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. 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.
Women Who Drink During Pregnancy Stats
There is always an underlying reason as to why a woman is addicted to alcohol even during her pregnancy period. Neither alcohol dependency nor pregnancy is an insensitive issue. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.
If you or a woman close to you is struggling with alcohol addiction during her pregnancy, you are strongly advised not to wait to get help. We can also help you reach out to some of the rehab centres and professional experts that will help you overcome the addiction call us on 0800 772 3971.