Alcohol use in pregnancy affects every woman and fetus differently.
Drinking alcohol while pregnant increases the likelihood that a baby is born with an alcohol-related disability.
Health Canada estimates 1% of the Canadian population is affected by FASD.
Though the severity of FASD varies between individuals, all those diagnosed experience some combination of lifelong physical, learning, social and emotional disabilities.
Many factors influence the effect alcohol will have on a pregnancy. The spectrum of brain differences caused by FASD varies from person to person and no two people are affected the same way by alcohol.
Because of that, the most important thing to remember is that there is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy.
For more specific details around the causes and effects of FASD download our Resource Guide.