2. Pregnant Women and Alcohol Consumption
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), pregnant women should abstain from consuming any alcohol while pregnant due to the negative effects of alcohol on the development of their unborn fetus.
3. Alcohol Affects Every Woman and Every Fetus Differently
Although a lack of medical evidence exists to indicate the amount of alcohol that leads to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS); the understanding is that women and fetuses process alcohol differently as do other factors—including the current age, diet, and health of the mother and incidence of alcohol ingestion (i.e., binge drinking).
4. Drinking While Pregnant Causes Birth Defects
Drinking during pregnancy has been linked to numerous birth and behavioral defects—including slow growth and developmental delay, abnormal facial features, brain and neurological defects, mood disorders, mental retardation, and separation anxiety.
5. The Physical Damage of Drinking While Pregnant
Consuming even one alcoholic beverage each week while pregnant can cause an unborn child permanent and/or delayed physical, behavioral, and mental damage that may not show itself until adolescents.
6. The Physical Signs of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on Newborns
Common physical signs and symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome at birth include a combination of low birth weight, small head, improperly working organs or complete organ dysfunction, small eyes, flat cheeks, and other facial abnormalities such as flat philtrum (the natural furrow between the nose and upper lip).