Karel Homrig: Alcohol poses great risks to unborn children

Drinking alcohol while pregnant, at any time during the pregnancy, puts the fetus at risk of having a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. FASD covers a range of birth defect syndromes caused by alcohol use in pregnancy. These defects can include physical, mental, and behavioral or learning disabilities.

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Alcohol in Pregnancy (How Much Is Safe?)

When it comes to drinking in pregnancy, you may be hearing mixed messages. You may have heard that there's no safe time during pregnancy to drink, and no safe amount or type of alcohol. But still you wonder, how could a glass of wine every so often really be harmful?

As with all decisions in pregnancy, you should understand the facts behind the advice. Several national studies have shown that the women who are most likely to drink alcohol during pregnancy are age 30 or older, and have higher income and education.

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