‘no drinking is the safest option’.
One of the best known adverse effects of alcohol exposure on the fetus is the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
- alcohol-related birth defects,
- alcohol-related brain development disorders and
- increased risks of miscarriage,
- intrauterine growth restriction,
- preterm birth and
- low birthweight.
Over half of Australian women consume alcohol during pregnancy. Obstetricians have a pivotal role in advising women of the effects of alcohol on the fetus and reducing fetal exposure.
Volume 48 Issue 3 Page 236-239, June 2008, Elizabeth J. ELLIOTT, Carol BOWER (2008) Alcohol and pregnancy: The pivotal role of the obstetrician
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 48 (3) , 236–239.