The report states that exposing a fetus to alcohol puts the baby at risk of being born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), an umbrella term which covers the array of conditions that can develop as the result of prenatal alcohol exposure - including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Babies whose mothers drank whilst pregnant are at a heightened risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other learning impediments, affecting one’s abilities, according to the article.
They may experience problems with:
- Impulse Control
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report which found that one in ten pregnant American’s admitted to consuming alcohol on occasion, and one-third of those women admitted to binge drinking, the article reports.
"The bottom line is that we don't know how much is safe, so therefore the only reasonable recommendation really is to advise women not to drink at all," Dr. Natalie Azar, an NBC News medical contributor, told TODAY.
The report was published in the journal Pediatrics.