hello everyone i was just wondering on how many of you out there have ever wondered about the difficulties of the children of mothers who drink during pregnancy.

Fetal alcohol syndrome

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
Classification and external resources

Facial characteristics of a child with FAS
ICD10 Q86.0
ICD9 760.71
DiseasesDB 32957
MedlinePlus 000911
eMedicine ped/767
MeSH D005310

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a pattern of mental and physical defects that can develop in a fetus in association with high levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Current research also implicates other lifestyle choices made by the prospective mother (see below). Indications for lower levels of alcohol are inconclusive [2] The current recommendation of both the Surgeon General of the United States and the British Department of Health is to drink no alcohol at all during pregnancy.[1][2][3]

Alcohol crosses the placental barrier and can stunt fetal growth or weight, create distinctive facial stigmata, damage neurons and brain structures, which can result in psychological or behavioral problems, and cause other physical damage.[4][5][6] Surveys found that in the United States, 10–15% of pregnant women report having recently used alcohol, and up to 30% use alcohol at some point during pregnancy.[7][8][9]

The main effect of FAS is permanent central nervous system damage, especially to the brain. Developing brain cells and structures can be malformed or have development interrupted by prenatal alcohol exposure; this can create an array of primary cognitive and functional disabilities (including poor memory, attention deficits, impulsive behavior, and poor cause-effect reasoning) as well as secondary disabilities (for example, predispositions to mental health problems and drug addiction).[6][10] Alcohol exposure presents a risk of fetal brain damage at any point during a pregnancy, since brain development is ongoing throughout pregnancy.[11]

Fetal alcohol exposure is the leading known cause of intellectual disability in the Western world.[12][13] In the United States and Europe, the FAS prevalence rate is estimated to be between 0.2-1.5 in every 1000 live births.[14] The lifetime medical and social costs of FAS are estimated to be as high as US$800,000 per child born with the disorder.

Many of the individuals have problems with socialization,has memory loss, quick to anger.  Some are agitated to noise, very sensitive to what is around them, Cant hold down any jobs.  My best friend,husband, boyfriend which ever you want to call him he has FAS. And yes i do see his struggles everyday and he tries to live a normal life, but unfortunately he is not able to.  But he does have a talent his music he loves music and has made his own album www.lilsaintproductions.com or www.reverbnation.com/lilsaint86 this is his way out of the community and the only thing he feels he can do good on his own.   At times yes he feels like he has to give up and has nothing good going for him and that his biological mother just wanted nothing to do with him. She just felt like drinking he was the youngest of 13 children the older children were taken in by his uncle and he was still in the states system. He was adopted at a 1 1/2 into a christian home went and graduated with a 3.6 gpa at a private school.  If he was not pushed to get grades higher than a B or C he would of stayed there.  His adopted mother pushed him to get A’s.  That was the only good that has happened in his life so far he Has two boys from a previous marriage but unfortunately he barely gets to see them. he feels if he lets other people know that he has a mental disability that they will look at him differently  and that they will treat him different.

Victor Ybarra was born with FAS. Now he has to settle with the consequences of his biological mother drinking will being pregnant.  Do you want to watch your child grow up and have problems socially, mentally, and not wanted by the world if not again go to www.lilsaintproductions.com listen to his music his life story on his struggles.  So please if you are pregnant please think about the difficulties and problems that may or will occur when you drink.  Alot of the the times it is not noticeable until the child is at an older age.


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