Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), also called fetal alcohol exposure (FAE), is a term used to describe a range of mild to severe problems that a growing fetus can develop if the mother drinks alcohol while she is pregnant. These problems include certain facial features, such as a small face or narrow eyes; slowed growth; birth defects; and learning and behavior problems.
The type and severity of effects from FASD depends on:
Last Revised: February 20, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Ernest L. Abel, PhD - Reproductive Toxicology
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