Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Essay

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Every year, about 40,000 babies are born with symptoms of prenatal alcohol exposure (Lupton, 2003). This number will only continue to grow if the risk of drinking alcohol while pregnant is not brought to the people’s attention. When the mother takes a drink of alcohol, so does the fetus, which will cause physical and behavioral problems after birth. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is completely preventable and irreversible. FAS awareness and prevention is important; expectant mothers need to know the background information about the syndrome, some common symptoms, signs, and treatments, and the mental and physical abnormalities that will occur because of this lifelong syndrome.
The term, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, was first described in 1973
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Even though a number of things cause an IUGR drinking alcohol is one factor that can be prevented. During the first trimester of the pregnancy, the caregiver assesses the size of the pregnant woman’s uterus by doing a pelvic exam. After that the initial assessment of the uterus she checks the baby’s growth by measuring the belly at every prenatal visit, if the measurement is smaller than your due date an ultrasound is done to determine the weight and size of the baby, but sometimes the woman may have the date of her last period wrong, which will throw off the due date (Intrauterine growth restriction, 2012). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is not genetically inherited but rather an acquired syndrome. This syndrome is a spectrum disorder; the child can have it very mild or extremely severe. Fetal alcohol syndrome is irreversible and has no cure; the child just undergoes treatment for the rest of his life. A study showed that about 30% of women in the U.S. drink alcohol during pregnancy (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, 2011). This number will only continue if women are not educated about the effects of alcohol on the unborn child. If a woman is pregnant or plans to get pregnant she should not have a drink of alcohol not even a single drop during her term. Phil Petrosky an Ohio Department of Health employee says; “I would absolutely say there is no safe amount of alcohol at all during pregnancy.” If the pregnant woman did not know she was pregnant and drank alcohol, she should

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