Alcohol Use During Pregnancy Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Is it safe for mothers to drink alcohol during pregnancy? When a mother drinks alcohol any time during pregnancy, a range of conditions can result that affect the baby. The alcohol passes to the fetus through the mother’s blood which can affect brain and spinal cord cells, damaging the growth of baby’s cells. According to the CDC, “There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is also no safe time for alcohol use during pregnancy. All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including all wines and beer. FASDs are preventable if a baby is not exposed to alcohol before birth.” What is Fasds? Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASDs There are a range of the effects of alcohol on the baby, but some early signs may include: Decreased placental size affecting nutrient transport and blood flow to baby Low birth weight Poor infant feeding Sleep disruptions Small and large motor skill delays Speech and language delays Nursing or sucking problems Hearing and vision problems Small head size Distinct facial features Attention disorders Children with FASDs may go on to have difficulties in school, poor attention span, sensory issues, mental health challenges and communication issues.