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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?


Pregnant women can prevent FAS by abstaining from alcohol throughout their pregnancies. A woman who drinks alcohol only lightly and occasionally before she realizes she is pregnant might or might not harm her developing baby. Because no amount of alcohol use during pregnancy has been proven safe, any woman who suspects that she might be pregnant should stop drinking immediately. Women who are trying to get pregnant should also avoid alcohol. This applies to all types of alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, wine coolers and liquor (such as whiskey, vodka, tequila, gin and rum).

There is no proof that drinking by a father can cause FAS in his child. However, men who stop drinking during their partner's pregnancy may be better able to help their partners avoid alcohol.

Call Your Doctor If:

  • You are or think you might be pregnant.
  • You think you have an alcohol problem or you cannot stop drinking despite your efforts to abstain.
  • You drank alcohol during your pregnancy and think your child might have FAS.


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