Why avoiding alcohol while pregnant is so important to baby’s health.
About 1% of children are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. There’s only one cause for FASD, and that is consuming alcohol while pregnant. FASD can cause nervous system damage, low birth weight and other symptoms, so to say the least, avoiding alcohol while pregnant is vital. Still, Dr. Paul Bernstein, obstetrician and co-author of Canada’s Pregnancy Care Book one drink probably isn’t cause for panic. “If a mom comes to me and says “you know, I didn’t realize I was pregnant and I had a couple drinks in the early part of the pregnancy,” then what I’m going to tell them is that we will be doing several tests throughout the early part of the pregnancy to ensure that the fetus is normal and that the pregnancy is a normal pregnancy and the likelihood of her having caused any major or even minor issues is probably very remote. Later, once the patient realizes she’s pregnant, we would advise her not to drink during the pregnancy.”
The Parent Report’s expert guest is Dr. Paul Bernstein, the Head of Divison of General Obstetrics and Gynecology and the co-author of Canada’s Pregnancy Care Book.
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