If a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, she risks damaging her baby. Sometimes this can result in mental and physical problems in the baby, called foetal alcohol syndrome.
This can occur because alcohol in the mother's blood passes to her baby through the placenta.
The baby can't process alcohol as well as the mother can, which means it can damage cells in their brain, spinal cord and other parts of their body, and disrupt their development in the womb.
This can result in the loss of the pregnancy. Babies that survive may be left with the lifelong problems described below.
Foetal alcohol syndrome is a type of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the name for all the various problems that can affect children if their mother drinks alcohol in pregnancy.
NATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR FOETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME UK:
The National Organisation For Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK Helpline responds to enquiries from parents, family members, carers and others needing advice or referrals for children with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder disabilities. The Helpline also receives calls from pregnant women, midwives and medical professionals.
The National Organisation For Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK organises events focused on wellbeing for families and carers of children with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder. People with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder and families share experience and advice. Parents gain mutual support from one another. Specialist speakers are invited to selected meetings.
The National Organisation For Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK provides resources that help support those with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder at home and in school. The National Organisation For Foetal Alcohol Syndrome UK make these available as widely as possible.
Please visit: NOFAS-UK.org
HELPLINE: 020 8458 5951