What is FASD?

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Virgin Strawberry DaiquiriNo matter what you’ve heard, there’s no safe amount of alcohol to drink during any stage of pregnancy as it can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Studies suggest that even low to moderate alcohol use at any time during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of FASD.

What is FASD?

The spectrum of disorders related to alcohol use in pregnancy are referred to as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD includes a range of physical, mental and behavioural effects and learning disabilities, including difficulties with language, poor impulse control, and attention or judgment problems. Unlike the effects of many other illicit drugs, the effects of in utero alcohol exposure are lifelong.

Chpregnancy_stagesildren with FASD may have:

  • Low birth weight and slowed growth
  • Central nervous system abnormalities, including small head size, intellectual disability, poor fine motor skills, or poor eye-hand coordination
  • Behaviour…

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