In the sixth to 12th week of pregnancy, a fetus’s bones, brain and central nervous system are forming. Buds blossom into arms and legs, and internal organs start to function. A face with eyelids, lips and other features appears.
This is also the time when a mother’s alcohol consumption poses the greatest risk of doing lifelong physical damage to her baby, according to a new study of nearly 1,000 women who drank at least once in their pregnancies.
On average, the women drank a small fraction of a drink a day. But some downed as many as 12 drinks a day—well above the amount considered safe for the women’s own health—and binged frequently.
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