Alcohol & Caffeine

I thought for this post I would list some topics from the book that I thought were important and could be expounded upon. I hope a few of you respond to this to help me learn further.
First of all I wanted to state how interesting it was to learn of the negative effects of caffeine intake on the fetus during pregnancy. Does anyone have any good links or video clips I could look up?
Next, I wanted to try to get something clarified. In the book it states that “no amount of alcohol intake is safe for pregnant mothers.” Partial F.A.S. can occur from mothers who drink alcohol in smaller quantities. I’m wondering if even a few drinks of alcohol can cause F.A.S. Or, would this simply result in Partial F.A.S / Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder? Or, is the biology involved what simply determines this overall outcome of the effects of alcohol on the fetus? Thanks guys!
-Jeff Scott


~ by Jeffery Scott on August 31, 2009.

2 Responses to “Alcohol & Caffeine”

  1. I found this website that may be halpful regarding caffeine and pregnancy:

    Marissa Hayes

  2. I looked over this post and wanted to actually answer my own question I asked. I was looking online and found the answer to the question, “can a few drinks of alcohol cause F.A.S or Partial F.A.S. ?” Here are the answers:

    Each of the key features of FASD can vary widely within one individual exposed to prenatal alcohol.
    Prenatal alcohol exposure is determined by interview of the biological mother or other family members knowledgeable of the mother’s alcohol use during the pregnancy (if available), prenatal health records (if available), and review of available birth records, court records (if applicable), chemical dependency treatment records (if applicable), or other reliable sources.

    Exposure level is assessed as Confirmed Exposure, Unknown Exposure, and Confirmed Absence of Exposure by the IOM, CDC and Canadian diagnostic systems. The “4-Digit Diagnostic Code” further distinguishes confirmed exposure as High Risk and Some Risk:

    * High Risk – Confirmed use of alcohol during pregnancy known to be at high blood alcohol levels (100 mg/dL or greater) delivered at least weekly in early pregnancy.
    * Some Risk – Confirmed use of alcohol during pregnancy with use less than High Risk or unknown usage patterns.
    * Unknown Risk – Unknown use of alcohol during pregnancy.
    * No Risk – Confirmed absence of prenatal alcohol exposure.

    Amount, frequency, and timing of prenatal alcohol use can dramatically impact the other three key features of FASD. While consensus exists that alcohol is a teratogen, there is no clear consensus as to what level of exposure is toxic.[6] The CDC guidelines are silent on these elements diagnostically. The IOM and Canadian guidelines explore this further, acknowledging the importance of significant alcohol exposure from regular or heavy episodic alcohol consumption in determining, but offer no standard for diagnosis. Canadian guidelines discuss this lack of clarity and parenthetically point out that “heavy alcohol use” is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as five or more drinks per episode on five or more days during a 30 day period.[19]

    NO amount of alcohol is safe! Especially since we don’t clearly know the risks of even a few drinks while pregnant.

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