Consuming alcohol during pregnancy can have significant negative health consequences for the developing fetus, and is associated with a range of potential health risks collectively known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
FASD can cause a range of physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that can affect the child’s health and development throughout their life. The severity of FASD can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the amount and timing of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Additionally, exposure to alcohol during breastfeeding can also have negative health consequences for the infant, as alcohol can pass through breast milk and affect the child’s development and behavior.
It is recommended that pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant avoid consuming alcohol altogether to prevent the potential health risks associated with FASD.