Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy

The end result of a mother drinking alcohol during pregnancy and her body naturally transferring the alcohol to the fetus causing complications is referred to as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy

Can drinking alcohol within two weeks of conception harm a fetus?

Drinking Alcohol After ConceptionWouldn't it be nice if you heard "Ding! You Got Pregnant." You know, kind of like that annoying "you got mail" from AOL?

But, that biotechnology doesn't exist (not yet, anyway) and most mothers-to-be are oblivious that baby-making has begun until several weeks into it. In the meantime, they are apt to have done many things they wouldn't have done if only they had known.

Luckily, this is a concern that you can forget about. There's no evidence that a couple of drinks on a few occasions very early in pregnancy can influence harm on a developing embryo. So you, and others, can let this one go.

  • I apologize for interjecting here but you can't make a sweeping statement like "you and others can let this one go" when the question applies to social drinkers and hardcore alcoholics alike. The question posed doesn't say nor imply "a couple drinks" so you can't assume that EVERY reader only had "a couple drinks". Or, you can, but then the answer doesn't satisfy. I don't know the answer--I had this question myself when I came here--but this is the thousandth website I've looked at tonight where the answer is "relax, a couple drinks isn't gonna kill you". OK but what if I didn't just have a couple drinks but a LOT of drinks within two weeks of conception? I have this same question but for my case (where it was more like "a couple" every couple hours), then what?

That said, it's definitely time to change your choice of drinks. If you continue to drink regularly throughout your pregnancy, you risk a wide variety of problems in the baby, including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Alcohol enters the fetal bloodstream in about the same concentrations present in the mother's blood. Meaning, each drink the mother takes is shared with the baby.

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  • I was concerned about it, too! I was three weeks pregnant, didn't know it yet, had few glasses of wine and got a little drunk. When I found out I was pregnant it was the first thing I asked my doctor and he said that it was too early to harm my baby � which by that time was an embryo. Besides, by that time early in pregnancy, there is not yet nutrition from you to the baby through the placenta, so I heard.
  • Thanks to my best friend's bachelorette party, I had two 'binge' drinking episodes where I was completely drunk out of my mind before I knew I was pregnant (I was probably 2-4 weeks along.) My son is now 6-years-old and has no problems, nor did he as an infant. I hope this eases your mind. I know a TON of people who have had this same issue and their children are just fine. Obviously, don't CONTINUE to drink.
  • As I've heard that the embryo is feeding off of the yolk of the egg rather than getting nourishment from the placenta in the first 4 weeks, it probably shouldn't have much of an effect. I've also heard that drinking in the early weeks is more likely to result in miscarriage than FAS.

    It would be great if a doctor could interject here and tell us the risk of 2 or 2 big drinking sessions in the first few weeks (and maybe further the next few weeks before we knew we were pregnant). There is a lot of conflicting information out there, and the most common thing to happen is that someone comes in and says "you shouldn't drink at all, are you crazy?", well how many people know they are pregnant in the first few weeks? We are trying to manage the risk of what has already happened. None of us are going to continue drinking, so let's start from here.

  • Drinking during the first few weeks of pregnancy can harm your baby. The identifying facial features on a child with FAS are formed between day 18 and day 21 of gestation. Lets be clear that a glass of wine or a beer with a burger will probably not affect the baby but you can bet that binge drinking during that time can have a sever impact on the baby. If you continue to drink during pregnancy things will only get worse. Alcohol is pasted freely through the placenta to the baby. The baby has no liver or an under developed liver and can not process the alcohol. Therefore the alcohol poisons the child and can result in brain damage.
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Can an adult male cat have any amount of alcohol and what would the effects be?

Even a small amount of alcohol will make a cat (animal) very ill, and can be fatal. Cats cannot process alcohol it can cause kidney damage, and if not treated quickly, may cause renal failure leading to the death of the animal. NO ANIMAL should be given this!

All alcohol will NOT immediately endanger the life of a cat as the first poster has suggested unless you pour it down its throat for hours upon hours and mix all kinds of alcohol just the SAME as a human, any amount in excess is a danger to health and life, but if your cat has had a sneaky few sips of a glass of wine or a vodka and coke, then it will get a little tipsy, sick and wake up with a hangover just like you. So I wouldn't worry about it but always take it to a vet if you feel it's necessary.

Undiluted spirits ARE more likely to be fatal, as their small body weight could not handle the amount of alcohol in them.

Do not give your cat alcohol (and certainly not on a regular basis,) it really isn't good for them same as it's not good for us and long term WILL cause kidney damage etc. and possible death.

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Is it OK for a pregnant woman to have a few drinks?

Rachel, some doctors say that if you drink small amounts of alcohol in moderation and not too often, you and you're baby will be fine. But just recently I learned quite a bit of information about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - and if there was ANY chance ... even a .000000001% chance it could harm my baby, after seeing what could happen, I wouldn't so much as take a sip. Of course, some women drink their entire pregnancy and their babies turn out fine. I just wouldn't want to be the woman who had to sit and wonder if my baby would be born without the bridge to its nose, or very short fingers, or missing a few toes or fingers, just because I had a few drinks during the time those things were developing. By the way, a 12 oz. beer and a 4 oz. glass of wine is the same thing as a 12 oz. shot of liquor. Protect your baby. Don't drink. If you're craving beer or wine, which many pregnant women report, try non-alcoholic beer or <a style='text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 3px double;' href="http://www.serverlogic3.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=22&k=non%20alcoholic%20wine" onmouseover="window.status='non-alcoholic wine'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">non-alcoholic wine</a>. I know it may not taste as great, but it will taste similar and may help to feed the craving the safe way. Hope this helped!

THE OLD SCHOOL of thought was a few drinks were O.K. NOW, they see problems for the child with small amounts of alcohol. DON'T DRINK ANY ALCOHOL WHILE PREGNANT<<<ADR>>>

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Will a massage with rubbing alcohol harm the fetus?

Rubbing alcohol is very drying to the skin. I would recommend a hypoallergenic oil, lotion or cream and never use Vaseline, baby oil or mineral oil! They are made from petroleum and are considered to be carcinogenic, which means they may cause cancer. Read your labels. They do not absorb into the skin very well either. Cold-pressed vegetables, nut oils, and seed oils are the best and most widely used. You can use essential oils for fragrance but be careful because some may cause allergic reactions or be bad for nursing/pregnant women.

If you choose to massage with rubbing alcohol it will not harm the fetus since it does not get into the blood stream. If you have any concerns about this, you should consult with your doctor.

As far as application methods, it is usually mixed with a bit of water so it is not full strength. And, it is recommended for swollen, warm and tender feet. It is usually applied with a piece of cotton and rubbed under the feet.

If you rub allot of alcohol on your body you will inhale the fumes which will get in you blood stream and can be detected in a urine sample...There fore in your fetus.

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Can conceiving while drunk harm a baby?

Oh sweetie, can you imagine how many people would have problems if this were the case? I would say you have nothing to worry about. Obviously lots of people drink before they know they are pregnant, as long as soon as you suspect a possible pregnancy you stop drinking, I'm sure your baby will be fine. One thing that could help ease your concerns is a trip to the doctor, just ask him, I'm sure he will tell you your baby is OK. Good luck with the baby, and the rest of your pregnancy!

I concieved wile drunk and my baby is perfectly healthy in my 8th month of pregnancy. However, dont take this as an "okay" to drink throughout the whole pregnancy because that IS very dangerous.

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Is wine good for pregnant women?

No. No alcohol is safe for pregnant women.

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What is Gerstmann syndrome?

Gerstmann syndrome is a cluster of neurological symptoms that includes difficulty writing (dysgraphia or agraphia), difficulty with arithmetic (dyscalculia or acalculia), an inability to distinguish left from right.

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It is an Ambulatory Surgery procedure

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Will it harm the baby if the mother gets drunk before she knows she is pregnant?

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I am not a Dr., but I think it unlikely that any long term effect occurred. I was born in 1959, and my mother drank every day during the pregnancy, as did many women in that time period before the effects of fetal alcohol were widely known. I do believe that drinking over the course of the pregnancy might make your child more likely to be an alcoholic, as steady intake of alcohol during pregnancy would create a need. As well, there might be a withdrawal upon birth, so it is better to avoid alcohol during pregnancy other than in small amounts. My wife drank alcohol free beer such as Kaliber, O'Douls Amber and so on during her pregnancy.

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I had a very wild night a few days before I realised I was pregnant. My doctor said not to worry; if it had any effect on the fetal development, it probably would have caused a miscarrage. There is an increeced risk of serious birth defects and a slight chance of Fetal Alchol Syndrome....but most people either miscarry in their first trimester, or deliver healthy babies. I'm at 35 weeks now, and all my tests/ultrasounds look positive.

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I am a doctor, and I can tell you that both of these answers are incorrect. The fact is, all of the studies show you can never be sure how much is too much. Some women are able to drink through all 9 months and have a perfectly healthy child. Some drink moderate amounts, and end of with a baby who is affected with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which can include not only heart, brain and eye defects but severe mental retardation and behavioral problems. This is why they say " There is no ok amount of alcohol for a pregnant woman". Because we can not predict who will have a problem with a small amount of alcohol and who wont, it is always best to not drink during pregnancy. Additionally, it is not true that if you do the damage early on, you will automatically miscarry. In fact, several women with FAS children only drank until the time they knew they were pregnant, and not any after that. As for making a child an alcoholic, that is likely more associated with what has now been determined to be a genetic predisposition to alcoholism, not because the child was exposed to alcohol in utero. The main point is this..... is a drinking alcohol for 9 months worth dealing with all of the possible medical and behavioral complications for the rest of your child's life?

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Why can't a pregnant woman drink alcohol?

The alcohol will pass through to the baby, which can cause premature delivery, birth defects, or even a miscarriage. Alcohol can damage the brain cells and limit the flow of oxygen to developing tissues. This scares me that you would not know this answer. FAS (Fetal alcohol syndrome) is very harmful to your baby. It can cause mental retardation and may other health problems that effect the child for life. Drinking small amounts of alcohol once a month or very infrequently is okay. But, to be completely safe, and keep your baby safe, I would obstain from all alcohol dring pregnancy.

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Can a males consumption of alcohol affect the fetus later in life?

Yes males consumption of alcohol affect the fetus later in life

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How does alcohol effect the fetus in the first term of pregnancy?

If your pregnant you shouldn't have any alchool. You never know what is developing at that time. If you were drinking when your baby is developing a nose, eyes, mouth, brain, any part of the body you could mess it up. things won't develop the way they are supposed to. But i guess it just a roll of the dice...wether or not anything is developing...and no one can tell you what exactally is forming on what day...are you willing to take that chance?

Answer 2: Children whose mothers drank even moderates amount of alcohol during pregnancy can suffer from diasabilities, including behavioral problems and learning deficits. You don't have to be an alcoholic to hurt your baby remarks Professor Ann Streissguth, of the fetal alcohol and drug unit at the University of Washington, "you just have to be drinking enough and pregnant." No minimal dose has ever been established below which there are no risks. The wisest course for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy may be not to drink any alcohol at all. See Jehovah's Witnesses official website 10/8/05 Awake under Alcohol Misuse and Health.

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Why would a fetus stop developing at 6 month?

maybe because there isn't enough nutrients in the blood suppy to the egg

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Is it bad for a pregnant woman to have an abcessed tooth?

Yes. It's usually caused from an infection, which means it can get in your bloodstream and affect your baby.

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What is the easiest way to attract attention if someone is attacking you in a public place?

Scream and yell the word HELP as loud as you can. Scream, yell, and thrash your arms as much as you can. Yelling and thrashing will attract attention.

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What is Father Gill's syndrome?

Father Gill's syndrome should not be confused with Mother Gill's syndrome a closely related illness. Father Gill's Syndrome stems from a severe neurological disorder that ultimately causes an unexpected and extremely painful death. Symptoms include:

Nervousness while taking tests

Feeling cold from time to time

Craving chocolate

Numbness in fingers or eyes

Hairy moles

Green feces

Change in odor or flavor of breath

Excessive gas

Hair loss or wrinkles

If you exhibit any or all of these symptoms, do not consult a doctor - you do not have time to waste. Live your life while you can.

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What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

According to the Medical Encyclopedia:

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a pattern of birth defects, learning, and behavioral problems affecting individuals whose mothers consumed alcohol duringpregnancy.


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something that can make your baby have mental problems.

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Can fetal alcohol syndrome be inherited?

well it would be as weird as playing hop scottch with unicorns

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Can you drink redbull during pregnancy?

I wouldn't take the risk. Why not drink healthier things?

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Can drinking harm an embryo?

Yes. Drinking is bad for the fetus. It will likely cause neurological problems such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This is a disorder that is caused by the mother consuming alcohol during pregnancy. It can cause retardation and certain characteristic physical changes. This is something that they often won't figure out until the child reaches toddler age because that is when the physical characteristics are more easily recognized.

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Can you use rubbing alcohol during pregnancy?

Sure, there should be no problem as long as you don't drink it.

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What can you drink during pregnancy?

Water, milk, more water, more milk, koolaid, tea and finally more water!!!!!

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What is the adverse effects of gyneacosid and menstrogen on the fetus?

These could be fatal for fetus. Never use such drugs without a medical prescription.

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Can two to three alcoholic beverages hurt the baby?

YES, Remember it's like handing your baby a bottle full of alcohol. It is not healthy for your baby at all. Atleast wait until after your baby is born. She or he is counting on you to nurish her/him.

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Which organ is not affected by fetal alcohol syndrome?

It all depends on the intake of the alcohol and how the baby is born in general. Fetal alcohol syndrome could not affect anything, or it could affect many things. None of the organs are technically "not affected" but the part of the body that is definitely not affected is the skin.

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