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Fetal alcohol syndrome. Can you tell me how much drinking causes it?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
6 doctors agree
In brief: One drink can
Even a single ill-timed drink in a woman with excess production of acetylaldehyde can casue fetal alcohol syndorme.
It is best to not drink at all if trying to get pregnant or already pregnant.

In brief: One drink can
Even a single ill-timed drink in a woman with excess production of acetylaldehyde can casue fetal alcohol syndorme.
It is best to not drink at all if trying to get pregnant or already pregnant.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Unknown
The actual intake of alcohol during the prenatal period which can result in damage to the fetus is unknown.
There are equally important factors associated with poor diet, drug intake other than alcohol, and the duration of these exposures. Babies are very resistent changes, but if the mother is a severe drug/alcoholic abuser, it can detract from the ability for normal fetal development..

In brief: Unknown
The actual intake of alcohol during the prenatal period which can result in damage to the fetus is unknown.
There are equally important factors associated with poor diet, drug intake other than alcohol, and the duration of these exposures. Babies are very resistent changes, but if the mother is a severe drug/alcoholic abuser, it can detract from the ability for normal fetal development..
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree
In brief: There is no known
safe amount of alcohol at any time during pregnancy.
½ oz. of absolute alcohol/ day can alter fetal brain development. Binge drinking on weekends, 4 drinks in an evening for women, is most harmful. The fetal brain starts to develop 3 weeks after conception or 1 week gestational age; other fetal organs soon after. The average for diagnosis of pregnancy is 8 weeks gestation. See http://fasdcenter.samhsa.gov

In brief: There is no known
safe amount of alcohol at any time during pregnancy.
½ oz. of absolute alcohol/ day can alter fetal brain development. Binge drinking on weekends, 4 drinks in an evening for women, is most harmful. The fetal brain starts to develop 3 weeks after conception or 1 week gestational age; other fetal organs soon after. The average for diagnosis of pregnancy is 8 weeks gestation. See http://fasdcenter.samhsa.gov
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Variable effect
The 1st cases were described in the 60's born to skid row mom's who often died within a year.These heavily exposed infants had many specific features that gave rise to the label.
The brain, a major target of alcohol byproducts, suffered the most permanent damage.Today even small amounts of alcohol exposure are thought to cause much of the ADD seen today.There is no proven safe level

In brief: Variable effect
The 1st cases were described in the 60's born to skid row mom's who often died within a year.These heavily exposed infants had many specific features that gave rise to the label.
The brain, a major target of alcohol byproducts, suffered the most permanent damage.Today even small amounts of alcohol exposure are thought to cause much of the ADD seen today.There is no proven safe level
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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