15 doctors weighed in:
How does a fetus get fetal alcohol syndrome? What modifies the fetus's growth?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Alcohol injestion
Any amount of alcohol while pregnant can cause fas.
We do not know the amount needed. Sometimes we see only fetal alcohol effect, not syndrome. Usually, if a mom injests significant alcohol, her nutrition is poor which delays fetal growth.

In brief: Alcohol injestion
Any amount of alcohol while pregnant can cause fas.
We do not know the amount needed. Sometimes we see only fetal alcohol effect, not syndrome. Usually, if a mom injests significant alcohol, her nutrition is poor which delays fetal growth.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree
In brief: Binge drinking,
Having 4 drinks during a party, or having 1/2 oz, of absolute alcohol/day (1 beer, 1 glass of wine or 1 mixed drink) can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
There's no known safe amt. Or time to drink when pregnant. The brain starts forming 3 weeks post-conception often before pregnancy diagnosis.It's important to stop drinking to prevent further damage. See www.Fasdcenter.Samhsa.Gov.

In brief: Binge drinking,
Having 4 drinks during a party, or having 1/2 oz, of absolute alcohol/day (1 beer, 1 glass of wine or 1 mixed drink) can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
There's no known safe amt. Or time to drink when pregnant. The brain starts forming 3 weeks post-conception often before pregnancy diagnosis.It's important to stop drinking to prevent further damage. See www.Fasdcenter.Samhsa.Gov.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: FAS
A fetus gets fetal alcohol syndrome from alcohol that the mother drinks during pregnancy.
That's why it is recommended that pregnant women do not drink.

In brief: FAS
A fetus gets fetal alcohol syndrome from alcohol that the mother drinks during pregnancy.
That's why it is recommended that pregnant women do not drink.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Toxic effect
When ethanol is broken down in the body, byproducts including acetaldehyde can have a direct toxic effect on tissue formation.
There is some suggestion that some are genetically more susceptible than others. The severity of FAS correlates directly with the intensity of alcohol exposure.

In brief: Toxic effect
When ethanol is broken down in the body, byproducts including acetaldehyde can have a direct toxic effect on tissue formation.
There is some suggestion that some are genetically more susceptible than others. The severity of FAS correlates directly with the intensity of alcohol exposure.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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