An addiction during pregnancy can assume alarming proportions because the consequences of a relapse can leave permanent damages on the baby.
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. This is because the body organs of the unborn child are not well developed to tolerate the effects of alcohol such as their liver. Among the preventable causes of congenital defects, disabilities, and health problems in the UK, taking alcohol and drugs during pregnancy is ranked number one. A pregnant woman is given a measure of alcohol quantity to drink, according to the deliberations carried out by medical professionals. It is however, important that these women should not drink in order not to risk their children.
The baby is likely to receive any alcohol taken by the mother through the flow of blood.
These would have been very possible except the fact that some of these expectant mothers are already addicted to alcohol. If you have an alcohol problem and are pregnant, seek help without any delay.
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) 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.
These disorders include:
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. There is a high likelihood that the unborn child will have a problem or ailment later in their life if the mother indulges in alcohol abuse.
CDCP in the UK reported that 10% of pregnant women has a limited intake of alcohol while 2% excessively drinks.
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. Women who are struggling with addiction while pregnant should be treated with compassion and care.
Please seek immediate assistance if you or someone you know is battling addiction while being pregnant. Contact us on 0800 246 1509 and we will match you to competent counsellors and therapy centres asap.