Pregnancy can be a wonderful time, but it is also a time of great vulnerability for both the mother and the unborn child.

Because of the concerns about the health and safety of both, expectant mothers are often warned to avoid certain foods, medicines, and substances, including alcohol. Unfortunately, those with a drinking problem may struggle to detox off alcohol and could be putting their future child at risk.

What Is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

Fetal alcohol syndrome or FAS is a preventable condition. It is a series of physical, behavioral, and mental problems in a child that occurs as a result of an expectant mother drinking during pregnancy. The alcohol exposure in the womb can lead to lasting and irreversible damage for the child, and the severity of fetal alcohol syndrome can vary drastically from child to child. Generally, the damage is worse with more drinking, but no amount of drinking during pregnancy is considered safe. It is better for women to stop drinking when they start trying to get pregnant. For women who are alcoholics, it is recommended that they enter a substance abuse treatment center and get sober as soon as possible.

FAS Effects

The long-term effects of fetal alcohol syndrome can vary with some children experiencing much more noticeable or severe problems than others. How serious FAS is may depend on the amount of drinking, frequency of drinking, other substances taken during pregnancy, and the health of the fetus and mother. These problems can also extend to different areas such as behavioral, cognitive, and physical defects.

Behavioral & Cognitive Effects of FAS

Some children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb will start to display behavioral or cognitive issues as they get older that can be long-lasting.

Some possible behavioral and cognitive effects of fetal alcohol syndrome include:

  • Low attention span
  • Impulsive
  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor memory
  • Learning disorders
  • Delayed cognitive development
  • Trouble in school
  • Poor social skills
  • Problems with problem solving
  • Poor balance or coordination
 

Physical Defects from FAS

Many children who suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome will have noticeable physical birth defects.

Some possible physical effects of fetal alcohol syndrome include:

  • Low body weight
  • Shorter height
  • Smaller head size
  • Deformities in extremities
  • Abnormal facial features
  • Smaller eyes
  • Flattened space between the nose and upper lip
  • Thin upper lip
  • Vision or hearing problems

Alcohol can not only be dangerous for an unborn child, but when taken in excess, it can lead to lasting and serious damage for the drinker as well. Our detox center in Palm Springs can help you quit alcohol for good and find lasting sobriety for the sake of yourself and your family.



If you or a loved one struggles with a substance abuse problem, do not wait any longer to get help. Call Banyan Palm Springs today at 888-280-4763.

 
Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.