In its new recommendations, the Centers for Disease Control says young women should completely abstain from alcohol so that babies are not born with fetal alcohol syndrome, the leading known preventable cause of developmental and physical birth defects in the U.S.
A reader responds to our earlier note about the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome during early pregnancy: I am one of the women who is offended by the CDC’s new guidance. Why? For one, the CDC statement reads as a Chicken Little “the sky...Show More Summary
Women are furious about the CDC’s suggestion that doctors tell women who are of childbearing years, sexually active and not using some form of contraception to abstain from alcohol, as part of an awareness campaign towards doctors and women to decrease the incidences of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the nation. Show More Summary
A reader responds to the controversy over the CDC’s new guidelines to help lower the rate of fetal alcohol syndrome, guidelines that say doctors should “recommend birth control to women who are having sex (if appropriate), not planning...Show More Summary
An attempt to raise awareness on the dangers of fetal alcohol syndrome goes too far
“Women of childbearing age should avoid alcohol unless they’re using contraception, federal health officials said Tuesday, in a move to reduce the number of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome.” [Liz Szabo/USA Today (“CDC: YoungShow More Summary
More than 3.3 million women are at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancies, which can result in birth defects, developmental disabilities, miscarriage and fetal alcohol syndrome, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...Show More Summary
In a recommendation aimed at the reasonable and laudable purpose of decreasing the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome, the CDC has significantly overshot their mark by recommending that women who are (1) of childbearing age and (2) not on birth control stop drinking. Read more...
Reporting in the journal Pediatrics, any amount of alcohol consumed by the expecting mother can cause fetal alcohol syndrome.
It’s been just over four decades since fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) was first described, yet contradictory advice to women about drinking any alcohol at all during pregnancy continues to confuse and frustrate women. Is one glass a day okay? Or once a week maybe? One a month? One time ever, [...]
Flashback Friday. The term “fetal alcohol syndrome” (FAS) refers to a group of problems that include mental retardation, growth problems, abnormal facial features, and other birth defects. The disorder affects children whose mothers drank large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy. Right? Well, not exactly. It turns out that only about 5% of alcoholic women give […]
There’s no real formula for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) – no one knows how many drinks it takes, or why it is that some women who drink more end up having perfectly healthy babies and those that drink less sometimes end up having babies with FAS. The post Study: 20% to 80% Women Drink During Their Pregnancies appeared first on Growing Your Baby.
Alaska has a high rate of fetal alcohol syndrome.
Fetal alcohol syndrome is a serious problem in Alaska. Babies born there, particularly Native American babies, suffer the syndrome at much higher rates than infants in the lower 48. Since the first epidemiological data emerged in the...Show More Summary
The bottom line here guys is that even doctors can’t be sure how the human body works, so we shouldn’t expect lawmakers to know either.
One in eight children born in 2002 or 2003 and living in remote Fitzroy Valley communities in Western Australia have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, finds the The Lililwan study published today in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. read more
Many cases of the disorder might actually be a more subtle form of fetal alcohol syndrome.
A UK court wouldn’t award damages to a child with fetal alcohol syndrome because, they said, the damage was done in utero.
Runner’s World announced Andrew Peterson, a 21-year-old Special Olympian born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, as a finalist for its cover contest. Peterson announced his finalist position in Runner’s World his Facebook page called “Andrew...Show More Summary
To help get the word out that alcohol and pregnancy don't mix, volunteers with the Southern California affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (SoCal NOFAS) are handing out "Pregnant? Don't Drink" coasters to San Diego area bars and restaurants on Tuesday, September 9th as part of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day.