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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): The Dangers of Drinking During Pregnancy

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Drinking alcohol prior to conception and during pregnancy can have significant adverse outcomes for the fetus, including miscarriage, premature birth or stillbirth. Fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) is known to be associated with persistent physical and neurodevelopmental abnormalities.

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Drinking alcohol prior to conception and during pregnancy can have significant adverse outcomes for the fetus, including miscarriage, premature birth or stillbirth. When a pregnant woman drinks, alcohol enters the fetus’s bloodstream via the placenta and may impact the development of the fetus’s brain or other organs. There is no known safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy, and it’s not possible to predict the extent to which a fetus will be affected by alcohol. For this reason, the safest option is to completely avoid alcohol prior to conception and during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) is known to be associated with persistent physical and neurodevelopmental abnormalities.

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at www.MindBodyInk.com.
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Maxine Lamb
09 Jul 2021
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Mary Fletcher
10 Jul 2021
Excellent resource on foetal problems when alcohol is ingested.
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Aleisha Crabb
06 Apr 2021
This resource provides a helpful overview of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders. I found it really interesting and eye opening, and it gave me insight into the prevelance of FASD in society and current attitudes towards safe drinking levels during pregnancy.
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Mohammed Alam
11 Jul 2021
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Lorraine Hince
09 Jul 2021
A good overview of a serious issue, outlining the long term concerns with alcohol consumption in pregnancy
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