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Alcohol in pregnancy can increase the risk of:

What is FASD?

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition with lifelong cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. In addition to effects on the brain, FASD is a full-body diagnosis that can include more than 400 known conditions.

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The impact

No safe time,
No safe type,
No safe amount
of alcohol in pregnancy

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The facts

Whilst some people living with FASD have a low IQ many will have IQ within the normal range. However, it is typical to have difficulty with executive functioning skills as well as other brain functions
The chief medical officers have said since 2016, that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink in pregnancy. Some research shows that one drink of alcohol can affect foetal behaviour in the womb
FASD is a range of conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, some of which are physical
There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink in pregnancy. There are people living with FASD from all groups within society
Behaviour is affected by cognitive processing, emotional regulation and impulse control which are common difficulties for someone living with FASD.
Alcohol is the cause, not the birth mother. Research shows reasons for alcohol use in pregnancy include lack of knowledge, poor advice, stress, alcohol dependency and pressure from a partner.
There is no known safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. The brain and central nervous system are still developing.
Less than 10% of people living with FASD will have different facial features.
Alcohol passes through the placenta to the baby. The baby is unable to process the alcohol because their liver is not yet functioning.
The fact is, there is no proven safe amount of alcohol in pregnancy.
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