Effects of Alcohol on Pregnancy

effects of alcohol on pregnancy

A woman's diet prior to and throughout pregnancy is crucial to her health and the growth, development and health of the infant she carries.

The consumption of alcohol during pregnancy, for instance, can have tragic effects on a fetus. Even very limited consumption of alcohol during pregnancy poses significant hazards to the developing baby because alcohol can easily cross the placental barrier and enter the fetal bloodstream.

When alcohol enters the fetal blood, the potential result, called fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), can cause tragic congenital abnormalities such as a "small head" or low birth weight, developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, and even death.

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