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Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

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Alcohol exposure during pregnancy results in impaired growth, stillbirth, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Fetal alcohol deficits are lifelong issues with no current treatment or established diagnostic or therapeutic tools to prevent and/or ameliorate some of these adverse outcomes. Despite the recommendation to abstain, almost half of the women consume alcohol in pregnancy in the United States. This review focuses on the trends in prenatal alcohol exposure, implications for maternal and fetal health, and evidence suggesting that preconception and the prenatal period provide a window of opportunity to intervene, mitigate, and ideally curtail the lifetime effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
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Keywords: fetal alcohol syndrome; fetal alcohol syndrome disorder; prenatal alcohol use

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland 2: Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Publication date: March 1, 2019

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