Nothing quite compares to the joy of bringing a new life into the world. But what if our actions inadvertently jeopardise the health of our children before they are even born? One such action that has negative consequences is alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Alcohol addiction in the mother can lead to a condition known as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Currently, FASD affects millions in the UK. So, If you’re here seeking knowledge about this condition and the profound role alcohol plays in it, we hope the information here will help shed light on the subject.
What Is FASD?
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder refers to a range of lifelong physical, mental, and neurodevelopmental impairments that can occur in individuals exposed to alcohol during foetal development. During our nearly 30 years of providing addiction treatment services, we have met with many mothers who are struggled with an alcohol abuse disorder. The best way to manage a pregnancy in such situations is to call us as soon as you find out you are pregnant. We can help you with specialised therapies which will also look at any hormonal changes that occur during the pregnancy,
According to the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, FASD is diagnosed based on specific criteria. Each person with FASD might have some, if not all, of these symptoms:
- Physical disabilities, such as issues with the heart, kidney, and bones.
- Facial abnormalities including narrow, small eyes, a thin upper lip, and a smooth region between the nose and the upper lip.
- Neurological problems which affect the brain and result in learning disabilities, hyperactivity, poor memory, and poor coordination.
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Prevention and Support of FASD
There is currently no cure for FASD. However, there are some key steps we can take as a community to reduce its prevalence:
- Education and Awareness: First, awareness about alcohol consumption during pregnancy is crucial. We have the responsibility of promoting understanding of FASD.
- Prenatal Care: Encourage regular prenatal care for expectant mothers
- Supportive Environments: Create supportive environments that help people with FASD reach their full potential. This helps reduce the stigma associated with FASD to promote acceptance and inclusion.
- Early Intervention and Treatment: Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial for minimising the impact of FASD.
The Provy is here for you as a source of information, assistance and treatment. We have helped many families heal from alcoholism through a holistic combination of physiological and psychological support.
Transforming Lives with Providence Projects: Conquer Your Dependence on Alcohol
Understanding FASD and recognising the critical impact of alcohol on unborn children is fundamental. Exposure to alcohol in the womb can have lifelong consequences — however, we can prevent these by practising abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy.
The Providence Projects stand by your side to take on alcohol dependence. Our tailored therapies and residential alcoholism treatment programmes provide the life-changing wisdom and skills you need to reinvent your coping mechanisms and behaviours.
We also equip you with the tools to develop new reactions to triggering situations. If your or a loved one’s life is overshadowed by alcohol dependence, reach out to us. Our team of experts is committed to helping you navigate this journey towards recovery and beyond. Action, awareness, and support make an immense difference. Let Providence Projects lead the way to a healthier, happier, alcohol-free life.