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 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. The major causes of birth complications, impairments and deformities in America are the antenatal contact with alcohol and drugs. There's no consensus among doctors on how much alcohol is safe during pregnancy. It is highly recommended that pregnant women about alcohol intake during gestation.
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. Women who are dealing with addiction need to seek immediate help once they find out that they are pregnant.
Babies with foetal alcohol syndrome are often found with abnormal facial features and develop mood and attention disorders as they grow older. 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) is the general term for all the effects that are bound to happen. Every medical case has its challenge peculiarity, that's regarding spectrum problems.
Some of the effects of FASD may include:
The size of the head being extremely small
Problems with the heart and the spinal cord
Shorter in height than the average
B.M.I being so low than normal
Problems with hearing and vision
Slow and even delayed physiological development
Internal organ and bone issues
Pregnant And Addicted To Alcohol
There are bound to be some effects on the unborn child if the mother is taking alcohol. Severe cases of FASD can be linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol by the mother during her pregnancy.
When the content of alcohol in the blood is 0.08 percent or more, it is a sign of binge drinking, which occurs when too much alcohol, approximately 4 drinks, is consumed in just a couple of hours. It is rather unfortunate but all babies who are exposed to alcohol within the womb risk the development of a lifelong disorder.
CDCP in the UK reported that 10% of pregnant women has a limited intake of alcohol while 2% excessively drinks.
The Statistics Of Pregnant Women Drinking
It can be concluded that there are underlying issues for pregnant women who are suffering alcoholism. Pregnancy and substance abuse do not go together well. Kindness and love is required in treating expectant mothers who are equally alcohol abusers.
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.