Clinical Practice: Resources for How to Discuss FASD Risks with Pregnant Patients

Alcohol use during pregnancy is a common area of concern for expectant women. Patients receive opinions from relatives, friends, and the internet, about whether or not to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Pregnant women need advice from an expert and consider their health care providers a trusted source of information.

As an ob-gyn, you play an important role and are on the front lines of prevention efforts. Help your patients understand that during pregnancy there is no safe time to consume alcohol, nor is there a safe amount or type of alcohol to consume. Alcohol use during pregnancy often leads to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a term used to describe a range of conditions that can occur in individuals whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy. The manifestations of FASD can include physical problems, problems with behavior and learning, or a combination of these.

The following video snapshots from the FASD Prevention Project provide concise guidance about counseling women regarding alcohol use in pregnancy for ob-gyns and women's health care providers.

Animated Video:

“What You Should Tell Her?”

Physician Engagement Videos:

Karen Harris, MD – ACOG District XII Chair (Florida)

Tricia Wright – District VIII (Hawaii)

See additional information and resources on FASD prevention: https://www.acog.org/alcohol 

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