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.
A child might develop long term health issues right from birth, if the mother subjects herself to too much drinking during pregnancy. 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. It is however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.
Alcohol intake during pregnancy affects the child who is developing.
Unfortunately, most women who are struggling with an alcohol addiction during their pregnancy are unable to give up on the habit despite their understanding of the potentially harmful nature of the addiction. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.
What You Need To Know About Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Foetal alcohol syndrome is a medical situation that attack babies in the womb who were exposed to alcohol, causing them to develop temper, mind and sadness problems. It is not possible to know how consuming alcohol during pregnancy will affect the baby.
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD for short) is an umbrella term given to every disorder arising from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Some cases of FASD are severe while some are not.
Some of the effects of FASD may include:
Abnormally small heads and brains
Problems with the heart and the spinal cord
Significantly small or dwarfism
B.M.I being so low than normal
Poor eyesight and low hearing range
Underdevelopment of the bones and other body organs
Pregnancy And Alcoholism
Alcohol can create a dangerous effect on the baby; this is why medical professionals do not encourage alcohol abuse during pregnancy. Severe cases of FASD can be linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during her 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. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.
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 Statistics Of Pregnant Women Drinking
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. We should be empathetic with all the expectant women that are addicted to alcohol and take good care of them.
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. Contact us on 0800 772 3971 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.