A 34-year-old member asked:
Will drinking during pregnancy always result in fetal alcohol syndrome?
4 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
We don't know: We don't know if there is a "safe" amount to drink during pregnancy. We do know that repeated, continuous exposure to alcohol for a growing baby will cause fetal alcohol syndrome. We don't know how much is too much. For this reason, you won't hear a lot of doctors/midwives say drinking occasionally is ok. I think one glass of wine on rare occasions is safe.
6.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not always, but...: Alcohol can damage a baby's brain causing cognitive, learning, emotional and behavior problems. We don't know how much alcohol it takes, but we do know that drinking too much on just a few occasions can cause FAS even if you don't drink at all during the rest of the pregnancy! best option—no drinking while pregnant. Next best—stop drinking as early as possible in pregnancy.
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Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
2.6k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Dose/time related: We know that alcohol freely passes to the fetus.We know it breaks down to formaldehyde & other byproducts that are toxic to nerves and tissue.The worst cases of FAS occur to alcoholics, but lesser fetal alcohol effects like ADHD or learning problems overlap with other causes.Making a definitive statement about all drinking is difficult. However, we also know of no safe level for alcohol exposure.
660 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Aug 22, 2020
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