Any UNBORN CHILD, male or female, of any race might be affected by the ALCOHOL that a MOTHER CONSUMES WHILE SHE IS PREGNANT.
FAS in 1 to 2 births / 1,000 in U.S. each year.
When a pregnant women drinks, the alcohol will be passed on to the unborn child in the blood through the placenta. Because of the size of the unborn baby, the alcohol level will be higher than the level in the mother .
What are the CHARACTERISTICS of FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME (FAS)?
Leading cause of mental retardation, or some degree of mental disability