Pregnant Women and Alcohol
Addiction is rarely as dangerous as during pregnancy, when the consequences of relapse could be permanent damage to the baby.
Drinking While Pregnant
A pregnant mother’s excessive drinking can cause her child severe health problems that follow him or her into adulthood. Any alcohol a mother consumes during pregnancy enters her bloodstream and can reach the baby. A baby’s liver doesn’t work well enough to process the alcohol in the same way an adult’s does. This can cause developmental issues for the baby.
Any alcohol a mother drinks during pregnancy enters her bloodstream and can reach the baby.
Prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects, abnormalities, and developmental disabilities in the United States. Doctors debate what a safe amount of alcohol can be consumed by a pregnant woman. Rather than risk their baby’s health, many mothers-to-be avoid alcohol altogether during pregnancy.
Understanding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Babies born with atypical facial features that grow up to have mood, attention, and anger disorders may be suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Every baby and mother is different, so there is no way to know how alcohol will impact the child.
Some of the effects of FASD may include:
- Abnormally small heads and brains
- Heart and spine defects
- Shorter than average height
- Low body weight
- Intellectual disability
- Vision and hearing problems
- Behavioral problems
- Delayed physical development
- Problems with the heart, kidney or bones
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Treatment for Alcoholism in Pregnant Women
If a mother-to-be is struggling with alcohol dependency, there is often more to her situation. Addiction and pregnancy are both delicate topics. It is crucial to handle pregnant women who drink with care and compassion.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction while pregnant, don’t wait to get help. Get in touch with our certified specialists to connect with counselors and addiction treatment today.