Becoming a mother is a wonderful blessing. But for those suffering from alcoholism, the idea of quitting drinking as soon as you know you are pregnant can be scary. Read the advice from our addiction counsellors to learn how alcohol may impact your pregnancy and how to find alcohol addiction treatment.
Can You Drink Alcohol When Pregnant?
There is a lot of conflicting information about drinking whilst pregnant and it effects it may have. The plethora of baby books, magazines and online forums can offer various advice from many different sources and no one has a definitive answer. Some may say the occasional glass of wine will do no harm. However, medical experts such as the NHS, advise the safest option is to avoid alcohol altogether. If you find the idea of quitting drinking straight away too intimidating, speak to our advisors at our residential alcohol rehab for further guidance.
How Does Alcohol Affect Pregnancy?
Alcohol can affect your unborn baby’s development. This is because alcohol passes through your bloodstream, into your baby’s blood. Although intaking alcohol in the earlier stages of pregnancy is less severe, any amount of alcohol can harm your baby’s development at any stage. Typical problems may include the development of learning disabilities, poor vision and coordination, sleep problems, speech delays and physical birth defects.
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Alcohol during pregnancy may also cause Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (or FASD). This condition can cause your baby stunted growth, a dysfunctional central nervous system and facial abnormalities.
How to Cope with Alcoholism During Pregnancy
All these warnings and information can be alarming if you are pregnant and an alcoholic. You want to do the best for your baby but feel like you cannot control your drinking. If you or a loved one is in this exceptionally difficult position, we recommend seeking professional medical help. A dedicated private rehab facility can be a safe place to find the help you need to protect yourself and your baby from harm. Here you can start a medically assisted alcohol detox and start a guided alcohol addiction treatment programme tailored to you.
If you want more advice of how to cope with alcohol addiction whilst pregnant, contact our private residential rehab, The Providence Projects in Bournemouth, free on 0880 955 09 45.