FASD, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is an umbrella term for several diagnoses that are all related to prenatal exposure to alcohol (i.e. while a baby is in the womb)
FASD is a series of preventable birth defects caused entirely by a woman drinking alcohol at any time during her pregnancy. Beer, wine, spirits - it’s all the same to the developing baby.
The term "Spectrum" is used because each individual with FASD may have some or all of a spectrum of mental and physical challenges. In addition each individual with FASD may have these challenges to a degree or “spectrum” from mild to very severe.
You can speak to your midwife or GP about FASD or any concerns you might have about consuming alcohol during pregnancy.
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