Alcohol and Pregnancy
Drinking During Your Pregnancy?
Drinking alcohol while pregnant is a risk that may cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) to develop in the unborn child. There is no guarantee that FAS will happen, but it can. The symptoms of FAS can be assessed not only at birth but also at any point in the life of the child. It is that significant. Typically FAS manifests as heights and weights that are below average, brain damage and facial features due to brain damage common to the condition.
The Mayo Clinic indicates that up to 40,000 babies are born each year in the US with damage caused by the mother consuming alcohol. Along with brain damage an FAS child may have mental retardation, behavioral issues, a smaller than normal head and brain size, slow growth, deformities, sight and hearing problems, and heart defects that could have been avoided if the mother avoided drinking alcohol while pregnant.