Why should pregnant women NEVER consume alcohol?

Because the food, drink, and medications ingested by a pregnant woman will be shared with her unborn baby through the bloodstream. There is no known safe amount of alcohol for a baby.
Alcohol consumed by a pregnant woman can change the life of her child forever.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are a group of physical or behavioral conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy Pregnant women holding stomach The alcohol in a pregnant woman’s body crosses into the baby’s blood, which can damage the developing brain and other organ systems and lead to FASD.

These conditions range in severity and can affect each child differently. But there is one thing that they all have in common: FASD happens only to children whose mothers consumed alcohol while pregnant; they are 100% preventable if a pregnant woman avoids alcohol.

FASD lasts a lifetime

There is no cure for FASD, but identifying children with FASD as early as possible and seeking the appropriate treatment can help them reach their own best potential.

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