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Alcoholism and Pregnancy

Alcoholism and Pregnancy

Anything that a pregnant mother consumes also gets consumed by her unborn child. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 10 pregnant women drink and 1 in 50 women binge drink which is more than five drinks a day. It is important for pregnant mothers to never drink during their pregnancy or to get help if they have to protect the health of your child.

Alcohol gets passed on to your baby through the umbilical cord. There is never a safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant and should not be consumed even in moderation. Stillbirth, miscarriage, and physical, behavior, and intellectual disabilities can have an impact on your child for its whole life. It is dangerous to have sex while drinking and not using protection as the baby can already be exposed to alcohol and you would not know that you are pregnant. Most pregnant women do not realize they are pregnant until four to six weeks later.

Children can have a range of high-impacting disorders as a result of their mother’s drinking while in the womb called fetal alcohol syndrome disorders such as abnormal facial features like a smooth ridge between the nose and the upper lip. There are physical problems they can have such as a small head size, short height, and low body weight. There are mental issues such as poor coordination, hyperactive behavior, poor memory, learning disabilities, speech delays, and a low IQ. Health issues can include sleeping and sucking problems as an infant, vision or hearing problems, and issues with the heart, kidney, or bones.

Pregnant women should stop drinking as early as possible instead of waiting until rock bottom. As soon as you realize your drinking is out of control, it is important to see a professional to help you through your withdrawal symptoms and to be honest about how bad your addiction is. To avoid alcohol triggers, do not go to places like bars or any restaurants that have open bars. Drink flavored drinks that you will enjoy or the non-alcohol version of the drink you normally have. Make sure that you have no alcoholic drinks in the house so that you will not be tempted. Let your friends and family help you on this journey and let them know that you do not need judgment but you need help to ensure the safety of you and your child.


Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in County Louth, near Dublin was founded in 1988 as a residential rehabilitation hospital treating people suffering from drug and alcohol purposes. Smarmore Castle believes in helping patients lead a life of abstinence through 12 Step programs, detox and medical treatment, psychotherapy, and complementary therapies. For more information, please call 041-214-5111. For those who live out of the country, the international number is 00353-41-214-5111.