Many Reasons Pregnancy and Alcohol Dont Mix

Noah is nine years old and in the second grade. He was supposed to be in the third grade this year, but he has had regular problems learning in school. His attention span is not what other kids' are, and in fact, he suffers from little mental retardation. Most important, inferior hearing also obstruct his performance at school. And it could all have been cured if his mother had not drunk -- and drunk heavily -- while pregnant with Noah. There's a reason that doctors tell pregnant women not to drink alcohol during their pregnancy.

There are many more known neurological, physical and mental issues that can result if you drink alcohol during this time. These disorders all lie in the category known as FASD: "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders." The best known of these issues are Fetal Alcohol Effects (or "FAE") and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (or "FAS"). Within the category of Fetal Alcohol Effects are two sub-categories: Alcohol attached Neurodevelopmental Disorder (or "ARND") and Alcohol Related Birth disorders (or "ARBD").

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a calamitous condition, since it is totally preventable. FAS causes mental retardation in the child, spoil the appearance in the skeleton and some organs, developmentdeficiencies,indigent motor skills, problems with the nervous system, learning problems, deficiencies in the attention span and with speech, listening and problem-solving. It can also cause death. FAS also known to cause certain facial features in the baby. Some of these include an upturned or short nose, smaller than normal eyes, thin lips, and flat cheeks.

While these characteristics will go away over duration, most of the other mishaps will last throughout the child's lifetime. As mentioned, Fetal Alcohol Effects come in two major categories. These are Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder and Alcohol Related Birth Defects. The first category (ARND) refers to conduct and mental problems such as poor output at school, learning abnormalities, inadequate impulse control, memory problems, and problems with perceive and attention span.

The second category (or ARBD) refers to skeletal malformations, and also deformities in major organs (the kidneys, heart, auditory system, or even the bones). While related, Fetal Alcohol Effects are not similar from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. FAE results from a moderate amount of drinking during the pregnancy. FAS results from an excessive amount of drinking alcohol ongoing the pregnancy, including drinking on a daily basis or binge drinking. Regardless of whether it's FAS or FAE, the results are still lifelong, permanent, and tragic. The reason is that it is not safe to drink any alcohol while pregnant--period.

However, the more you drink, the more you put your baby at danger. So how do the mom-to-be keep away Fetal Alcohol Effects and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? It's quite simple: She must abstain from all alcohol while pregnant. If she does this, there is no chance -- zero -- of having a child with either FAE or FAS.

To find out more about this important subject, call (800) 666-6327. That's the number for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and they would be happy to tell you information.

Phillip is the writerof, a website full of information on Child Birth and Alcohol and Pregnancy.

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