Is it Safe to drink alcohol while pregnant?
No FASD is the only preventable birth defect.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) refers to the range of effects that can occur in an individual who was exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause:
- Heart problems
- Kidney problems
- Developmental disabilities
- Behavior problems
- Learning problems
- Low birthweight
The good news is that FASD is completely preventable. If a woman does not drink alcohol while she is pregnant, her child cannot get FASD.
About the State of Ohio FASD State Steering Committee
Ohio’s Statewide FASD Steering Committee is an alliance of several state agencies, colleges and universities, health and human services providers and parents. The Committee’s mission is to establish efficiency in state systems resource allocation and coordination of services and resources to address FASD.
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.
Program Contact Information
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Maternal, Child, and Family Health
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resource Directory - coming soon!
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