FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER
Drinking and Pregnancy - The Future of Your Child
What can happen to your baby?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Low Birth Weight
When you drink alcohol during pregnancy, the
alcohol in your blood quickly passes through the
placenta and the umbilical cord to your baby.
What can be the result of drinking?
- distinct facial features (small eyes, thin upper lip, ridge or groove between nose and upper lip and smooth skin)
- Growth problems: smaller in size and weight, generally do not catch up
- Vision, hearing and central nervous system problems (CNS)
- Later in life - problems in school and peers
- Alcohol-related neurodevelopment disorder (ARND): hyperactivity, social skills, memory, speech, poor judgement, paying attention and learning
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: The Facts
- Caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy
- Drinking anytime can harm the baby
- 1 in 20 children (5%) in the U. S. may have FASD
- Binge drinking increases the chances