Written by George Citroner on January 30, 2020

“Alcohol is a teratogen, meaning it causes anomalies. Alcohol affects the developing fetal brain, heart, facial features, and impairs normal growth,” said Dr. Kecia Gaither, director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. Gaither explained that drinking during pregnancy increases the risk for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a disorder characterized by symptoms that include:

  • neurological issues like cognitive delay
  • hearing issues
  • cardiac abnormalities
  • hyperactivity
  • facial deformities

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