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AAP: No Amount of Alcohol Safe During Pregnancy

A new clinical report, "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders"from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stresses that no amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy. The report identifies prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities in children.

The report's recommendations are based on a recent study that found increased risk of infant growth retardation even when a pregnant woman's consumption was limited to one alcoholic drink per day. Further, first-trimester drinking, compared to no drinking, results in 12 times the odds of giving bith to a child with FASDs. Women who drink during all trimesters increased the likelihood of FASDs by a factor of 65. 

To learn more, you can read the full report or the AAP's summary article. To find resources related to FASD, visit the substance exposed pregnancies initiative section of our website.

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