When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her unborn baby. Alcohol passes from the mother to the baby through the umbilical cord. The alcohol can cause many different problems for the growing baby that can last his, her or their whole life.
The range of effects that alcohol can cause to a baby exposed to alcohol before birth are called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD.
These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities. Thousands of babies are born with an FASD each year.
The good news is that FASD is completely preventable. If a women does not drink alcohol while she is pregnant, her child cannot get FASD.
To learn more about preventing FASD, see the toolkit below.
Karen Kimbrough, OhioMHAS
Alexis Martin, ODH
To increase awareness of the impact of alcohol-exposed pregnancies, collaborate with agencies to establish resources, coordinate interventions and diagnostic services for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.