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Effects of alcohol on the unborn baby

DR BOIMA
HEALTH ISSUES


Of all the substances that can be abused (cigarettes, cocaine, marijuana etc.) alcohol produces by far the most serious effects in the fetus. Every time a pregnant woman has a drink, her unborn child has one too. Alcohol passes easily through the placenta from the mother's bloodstream into her baby's blood.  There is no ‘safe’ level of alcohol use in pregnancy and exposure can damage the fetus at any time or month of the pregnancy.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or ‘FASD’ is an umbrella term describing the different conditions that occur in a baby whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These conditions include lifelong physical, mental, behavioral, and learning disabilities.

Every year International FASD Awareness Day is celebrated on the 9th September. Events to mark FASD Awareness Day take place around the world with communities traditionally pausing at 9.09am, the 9th day of the 9th month of the year, representing the 9 months of pregnancy.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome will be discussed in this article as it is the most serious of the conditions and is the only condition within the FASD that has obvious facial features in addition to the neurobehavioral symptoms.

Pregnancy complications
•    Miscarriage
•    Still birth
•    Prematurity

Facial features
•    Small head (microcephaly)
•    Smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip (smooth philtrum)
•    Thin upper lip
•    Wide-set and narrow eyes

Growth problems
•    Small for age (short stature)
•    Low body weight
•    Both (height and weight < 10th percentile)

Central Nervous System problems (brain and spinal cord)
•    Mental retardation
•    Problems with attention and memory
•    Hyperactivity
•    Developmental delay
•    Low IQ
•    Language and speech problems
•    Learning/intellectual disabilities

Heart defects
•    Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
•    Atrial septal defect (ASD)

Movement disorders (cerebral palsy)
•    Poor muscle tone
•    Problems with movement and coordination
•    Problems with balance
•    Joint problems

Fetal alcohol syndrome has no cure. However, different problems mentioned above may be manageable though with difficulty. Early diagnosis of FAS in babies or young children makes it easier for rehabilitation to be beneficial. All mothers with problems of alcohol abuse should strictly be put of contraceptives until they overcome their alcoholism.

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