When a woman drinks during pregnancy, the effect on the baby can be devastating. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a group of conditions that results from the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.
Causes of FASD
When consumed during pregnancy, alcohol passes from the mother to the baby through the umbilical cord. There is no safe time to drink during pregnancy, and any amount of alcohol can be dangerous to the baby. Alcohol consumption can cause problems even before a woman knows that she's pregnant. FASD is preventable if a woman does not drink during pregnancy.
Signs and Symptoms of FASD
The term FASD refers to a range of effects that can occur when a woman drinks during pregnancy. FASD can affect people in different ways and can range from mild to severe. An individual with FASD might have:
There are four main types of FASD, and each has its own effects.
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