Alcohol and Pregnancy Don’t Mix
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the leading known cause of preventable mental retardation. It can also cause birth defects and learning and behavioral disorders.
In Mississippi, more than 450 babies are born each year with FASD.
What is FASD?
An umbrella term used to describe the range of effects or disorders that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. It can include vision and hearing problems, respiratory problems, heart problems, low birth weight, and learning disabilities.
How to avoid FASD?
It’s easy – don’t drink. If you have already consumed alcohol during pregnancy, stop! If you are at risk or trying to become pregnant – don’t drink! There is only one cause of FASD – drinking alcohol. This includes beer and wine. The only way to prevent FASD is to completely abstain from alcohol during pregnancy.
Rates of frequent drinking and binge drinking remain at high levels among pregnant women. It’s estimated that at least 55% of women are drinking at the time they become pregnant and some of them continue to drink heavily throughout their pregnancy.
Women appear to be drinking alcohol more than in the past and drinking in a similar amount and pattern to men. Alcohol and tobacco continue to be used by pregnant women despite health warnings.