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.
The health of the child in the womb can be permanently damaged when the mother is indulging in alcohol. The liver of a baby in the womb is not equipped to process alcohol like the liver of a grown-up person. 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. There have been deliberations on the right amount of alcohol an expectant mother can drink without affecting their unborn child. It is highly recommended that pregnant women about alcohol intake during gestation.
The baby is likely to receive any alcohol taken by the mother through the flow of 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. Women who are addicted and pregnant should be looking forward to getting assistance immediately.
Untypical facial features in babies, coupled with signs of attention, anger, or mood disorders is a sign of foetal alcohol syndrome. It's not very easy to tell how alcohol affects the child in the womb since each mother and her baby are different.
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. Just like other disorders spectrum's not every case is as extreme as the others.
Common symptoms of FASD are as follows:
Unusual tiny brains and heads
Cardiac and spinal related defects
Lower than the average height
Vision and hearing defects
Mood, attention, or anger disorders
Delayed physical development
Problems with the heart, kidney or bones
The Use Of Alcohol When Expectant
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.
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. A baby is likely to suffer a long term health deformity if too much alcohol is taken during maternity period.
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 Proportion Of Alcohol Addicted Mothers
There are so many risks that follow to any expectant mother that is equally addicted to alcohol. The topics of addiction and pregnancy are both delicate. 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. Our trained medical professionals will enrol you in an abuse therapy scheme if you contact us today on 0800 772 3971!