Alcohol affects women as well as pregnancies differently so alcohol could affect a developing baby during a current pregnancy even if that woman’s previous child/children have not been affected. Additionally, some FASDs do not become apparent until later in life (around puberty) so drinking during previous pregnancies may have caused problems that the parents are not yet aware of.
Source: “Alcohol and Pregnancy Questions and Answers.” Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). CDC. (2010)
CDC’s Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis (2004)
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