Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is Preventable
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a condition caused by exposure of an unborn child to alcohol during pregnancy. The good news is it is completely preventable by not drinking any alcohol while pregnant.
Dr. Christy Ulleland first discovered the link between prenatal exposure to alcohol and adverse infant outcomes in 1968. FAS is one of the leading causes of mental retardation, and it presents itself in a variety of ways. It is sometimes called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Although many people, doctors included, will say it is okay to have one drink while pregnant, especially during the last trimester, it isn’t worth taking the chance. While many women don’t have any problems at all from drinking alcohol during pregnancy, genetic factors and the metabolism or liver functioning of the mother can play a factor in the outcome.
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Alcohol enters the bloodstream and reaches the fetus through the placenta, where it is metabolized more slowly by the fetus, with higher concentrations than that of the mother. The first trimester has the most impact where oxygen depleted from the brain causes developmental problems with the organs and brain.
Symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Babies born with FAS, or alcohol related neurodevelopmental disorders all have similar characteristics with varying degrees: