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Dangers of Drinking While Pregnant

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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Millions of pregnant women in the U.S. consume alcohol, and many of those women binge drink. When you are pregnant, you need to be careful about everything you consume, including medicines, food, and alcohol. Anything that enters your system can have a devastating effect on both you and the fetus.

Renaissance Recovery Center will discuss the dangers of drinking while pregnant and the available treatment options for alcohol use disorders. Contact us today at [Direct] for alcohol addiction treatment or to learn more about the dangers of drinking while pregnant.

Alcohol Use Puts Your Unborn Child at Risk

September 9th is the International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Day, which is a day that highlights the risk of alcohol abuse on the unborn baby. During pregnancy, the alcohol you consume reaches the fetus through the placenta, giving both you and the fetus the same Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). The situation can impair your baby’s proper brain development, restricting the child’s cognitive and physical development.

There are many kinds of severe effects of alcohol use on your baby, including:

  • Low birth weight of fewer than five pounds, eight ounces
  • Miscarriage, usually losing your child before the 24th week of pregnancy
  • Slowed fetal growth
  • Premature birth
  • Stillbirth
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)

Alcohol use also increases health risks for expectant mothers. One of the factors that are likely to affect your health includes excessive vomiting, leading to dehydration. You are also at a higher risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and nutritional deficiency, which are conditions that will impact the health of the unborn child.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

FASDs are an umbrella of problems that can affect your unborn child, ranging from intellectual impairment to poor physical development. Prenatal alcohol exposure can interfere with the proper functioning of babies’ brains, leading to challenges in learning, socializing with others, caring for themselves, and communicating.

Some of the most common characteristics of these disorders include distinct facial features, an abnormally small head size, poor cognitive skills, language delays, and unusually low IQ.

If you are pregnant and considering indulging in alcohol occasionally, the advice your friends might give you can be confusing. In most cases, you already have varied and contradictory opinions. However, no amount of alcohol is safe to consume while pregnant, according to the CDC.

Avoid unnecessary risks. Eliminate all the chances of giving birth to a baby with FASDs by avoiding alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Go a step further and share this information with your loved ones to create Fetal Alcohol Syndrome awareness in your community.

In addition, you may want to avoid getting pregnant if you are battling an alcohol use disorder by using birth control methods instead. If you are considering getting pregnant, try to quit drinking before you conceive. If you are already pregnant, seek professional help to stop drinking while pregnant, which can increase the health risks of your unborn child.

Get Professional Help for Alcohol Use Disorders

Overcoming alcohol use disorder can be challenging, primarily due to the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and severe cravings. But a rehab facility can help you achieve your goals through a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program in CA. Various evidence-based alcohol abuse treatment programs can help you to start living a sober life within no time.

For the best results, therapists combine several treatment programs, such as:

Overcome Alcohol Abuse During Pregnancy

If you are drinking while pregnant and finding it difficult to stop alcohol consumption, get in touch with Renaissance Recovery Center. Contact us today at [Direct] for expert help on your drinking problem and our useful treatment programs.866.330.9449

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Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country