Why Does Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Occur?

Pregnant women refusing to drink wine

Alcohol affects pregnancy and possibly preconception. There is no safe time or amount to imbibe while pregnant.

“Alcohol is damaging to babies’ neurological and physical development. Babies cannot metabolize or eliminate alcohol as quickly as adults can. This creates a hostile environment for the baby’s short-term and long-term development in utero,” said James Miller, M.D., OB-GYN.

These conditions can affect children in different ways—with mild to severe repercussions. The physical, intellectual or behavioral problems will last a lifetime. The most severe and commonly known condition of FASD is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, it is important to talk to your doctor about the risks of drinking alcohol. There are many resources available to help you quit drinking alcohol and stay sober during pregnancy.

If you think your child may have FASDs, talk to your doctor. There is no one test that can diagnose FASDs, but your doctor can perform a physical exam and review your child’s medical history. There are also a number of specialized tests that can be used to diagnose FASDs.

For more detailed information, Dr. James Miller has contributed to an article on Giddy, entitled: “Why Does Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Occur?” Please feel free to read the article and learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, including conditions, signs, and strategies for prevention and treatment.

Read “Why Does Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Occur? on Giddy.

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