Fetal alcohol syndrome is a birth defect that is caused by a pregnant woman drinking alcohol. Alcohol passes through the placenta and the baby’s liver can’t break it down, so the baby absorbs it. This can cause a wide range of problems for the baby, including physical and intellectual disabilities, problems with the heart, kidneys, and bones, and problems with behavior and learning. Fetal alcohol syndrome is the most severe form of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
There is no safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. The more you drink, the greater the risk for your baby. If you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, it’s important to stop drinking alcohol.
There is no cure for fetal alcohol syndrome. But if a woman abstains from alcohol during pregnancy, her baby will not have the disorder. If you’re pregnant and have been drinking alcohol, talk to your health care provider right away. There may be steps you can take to help reduce the risk for your baby.
Fetal alcohol syndrome is preventable. The best way to prevent the disorder is for women to abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy. If you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, it’s important that you stop drinking alcohol.
There are many resources available to help women who are struggling with alcohol addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol addiction, please seek help. There are many resources available to help you.