Despite the blasé attitude of several European countries regarding consumption of the occasional alcoholic drink during pregnancy, the American Academy of Pediatrics is taking a definitive stance against any drinking for moms-to-be in a new report concerning Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. While not every baby born to a mother who drinks will develop problems related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders such as hyperactivity, learning disabilities, and speech and language delays, the AAP cautions that there isn’t a “safe” amount of alcohol that can be consumed, nor is there a time during the pregnancy that drinking would be considered risk-free. Furthermore, these disorders are completely preventable through abstaining from alcohol. One in 10 women report drinking some alcohol while pregnant, with one in 33 admitting to binge drinking. Binge drinking has unsurprisingly been shown to considerably raise the risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The AAP also stresses that early recognition, diagnosis, and therapy for these disorders are important to improving outcomes for affected children. If laying off the booze (beer, wine, and liquor are all equally considered risks) is tough, try some other, healthier ways to unwind.

+ AAP Report

via NPR

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