Unfortunately, many doctors are unaware of the dangers that even slight alcohol use can have on a developing fetus and may mistakenly believe that FAS is more likely to affect low-income families or certain ethnic minorities. Since the Surgeon General of the United States recommends that all women refrain from alcohol during pregnancy, we feel confident in advising expecting mothers that no amount of alcohol is safe for your baby no matter what your personal physician might tell you.
Sources: CDC’s Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Guidelines for Referral and Diagnosis (2004)
2005 Message to Women from U.S. Surgeon General: Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
For more information on this topic view this video featuring FASD expert Diane Cheng.
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