Alcohol is officially classified as a known teratogen which means it can cause birth defects in the fetus the more alcohol a pregnant woman drinks the greater the risk of the fetus developing fasd drinking early in pregnancy may cause changes in the facial features heart and other organs bones and the central nervous system. One of the most significant psychological effects of fetal alcohol syndrome is mental retardation a result of impaired brain development in the fetus dasgupta 2011. Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy can give birth to babies with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders sometimes known as fasds fasd is the umbrella term for a range of disorders these. Prenatal exposure to alcohol can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome when a mother drinks alcohol while pregnant it passes through the placental circulation to the embryo or fetus and can affect the unborn babys health 2 for this reason doctors recommend that expecting mothers dont drink alcohol while pregnant. Fetal alcohol syndrome causes brain damage and growth problems the problems caused by fetal alcohol syndrome vary from child to child but defects caused by fetal alcohol syndrome are not reversible there is no amount of alcohol thats known to be safe to consume during pregnancy
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