ALCOHOL-SMOKING & PREGNANCY:

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Health

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ALCOHOL-SMOKING & PREGNANCY:

When you drink alcohol, it rapidly reaches your baby through your bloodstream and across the placenta.

Women who drink over six units of alcohol per day are at risk of having babies with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Children born with FAS suffer from mental and growth retardation, behavioural problems, and facial and heart defects.

Babies of women who drink more than two units of alcohol a day throughout their pregnancy are more likely to have more problems with learning speech, attention span, language, and hyperactivity than babies of women who did not drink. This collection of characteristics is known as Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE). Although less severe than FAS, the effects of FAE are still harmful.

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