FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS NJ
A developing baby, exposed to alcohol during pregnancy, is at great risk for developing developmental disabilities and birth defects. Alcohol can pass from the mother’s blood into the baby’s blood. It can damage and affect the growth of the baby’s cells. Brain and spinal cord cells are most likely to be damaged and can increase your baby’s risk of:
- Premature birth
- Problems with growth and development, both before and after birth
- Birth defects such as heart defects, hearing problems, or vision problems
- Low birthweight
- Developmental disabilities
Education and awareness among women, families, and healthcare professionals about the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy are important in the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Annual Births in the US with FAS¹
Expected Lifetime Cost of One Individual with FAS²
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FASD cannot be cured, but raising public awareness and teaching youth to make healthier choices can reduce the alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
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