Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

Katherine Dejong, Amy Olyaei, Jamie Lo

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-155
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume62
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

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Keywords

  • fetal alcohol syndrome
  • fetal alcohol syndrome disorder
  • prenatal alcohol use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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