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Although you risk harming your fetus if you drink any alcohol while
you are pregnant, the effects range from mild to severe. It is important to
have or find a doctor with whom you can talk openly about your alcohol drinking
habits during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about any concerns you have
about your child being affected by
fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Consider having your child evaluated for FASD if he or she:
The effects of alcohol on a fetus are more likely to be severe if you
drank heavily while you were pregnant (5 or more drinks on one occasion).
Severe problems caused by alcohol exposure are called
fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). If you have a history of
heavy drinking during pregnancy, a thorough developmental evaluation of your
baby should be done when he or she is about 18 months old, including hearing,
speech, and language testing.
March 3, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Ernest L. Abel, PhD - Reproductive Toxicology
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