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Alcohol during pregnancy is very harmful because it is one of the most common causes of mental retardation in babies. However, I have the impression that many women are still unaware of the adverse effects that a 'dram' can cause on the baby during its development in pregnancy because the data gives the chills. It has just been learned that 25 percent of Spanish pregnant women drink alcohol, around 35-50 percent in the Netherlands, and even more in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The celebration of World Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day (SAF)has shown that this syndrome affects 1 percent of newborns in Europe and is the main cause of mental retardation and malformations in babies, and can even cause fetal death. It can also produce, to a lesser or greater extent, alterations in the development of the child, including physical, mental and behavioral complications, and learning disorders. To continue with the statistics, children born withFetal Alcohol Syndromethey suffer from mental retardation in 90 percent of the cases, school failure in 60 percent, and behavioral disturbance, also in 60 percent.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), suffered by babies who have been exposed to alcohol during the prenatal period, is estimated to affect 1 percent of newborns in Europe and is the leading cause of mental retardation and malformations in babies . It can even cause fetal death, although the degree of affectation is totally individualized because each woman has a different way of metabolizing alcohol and, therefore, in each baby of each pregnant woman it can have a different effect.
Thus, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder can give rise to babies with different types of malformations that range from abnormal facial features to irreversible physical and mental injuries for the rest of their life. Since it is not known for sure how much alcohol consumed in pregnancy affects the unborn child, since it may have a different effect on each woman, the best recommendation for all pregnant women is to do not drink a single drop of alcohol during pregnancy, as this is wrong It can be completely eradicated by eliminating its consumption during pregnancy.
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