If a woman drinks alcohol when she’s pregnant, her child can be born with a condition called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD.
On Monday, state health and welfare officials spoke out to raise awareness of the disorder in hopes of preventing it. FASD can cause severe physical and developmental abnormalities.
Supporters of the awareness campaign say any alcohol use, especially in the early days of pregnancy can result in FASD.
“The first trimester and those first few weeks are a time of exponential growth, however the brain and central nervous system is developing throughout the whole pregnancy, so it’s never too late to stop drinking to get treatment and to give your baby the best chance in life,” said Maureen Cronin, Executive Director of the ARC of Pennsylvania
According to the C-D-C, studies show that FASD occurs in about 0.2 to 1.5 out of every 1,000 live births.