“New magnetic resonance imaging showed impairments to brain growth during the third trimester of pregnancy, even though the fetus was exposed to alcohol only during the first trimester. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, highlights the danger of binge drinking early in a pregnancy. It also suggests the potential benefit of using in-utero imaging … Read More
“Women are being urged to curb their drinking over fears it could lead to a spike in alcohol harm in babies conceived during the coronavirus pandemic. A survey recently found Australians were drinking 70 per cent more during isolation. Professor Elizabeth Elliott said this, coupled with the increased time partners were spending together, meant there was an increased risk of … Read More
“As the coronavirus pandemic leaves millions stuck at home, alcohol sales have risen drastically nationwide, with spirits and premixed cocktails in high demand. The World Health Organization, however, says alcohol may put people at increased risk for the coronavirus, weakening the body’s immune system and leaving drinkers at risk for other risky behaviors that could increase the likelihood of contracting … Read More
The World Health Organization says, “At times of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol consumption can exacerbate health vulnerability, risk-taking behaviors, mental health issues and violence. WHO/Europe reminds people that drinking alcohol does not protect them from COVID-19, and encourages governments to enforce measures which limit alcohol consumption.” Learn More, HERE!
During this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people have questions about whether or not they should get pregnant. Presently, there’s limited evidence available regarding mother-to- fetus transmission, transmission during delivery, and transmission during breastfeeding. We are learning more daily about if and how mothers with COVID-19 pass the virus to their children in the womb and/ or through breastmilk. … Read More
As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to disrupt nearly every facet of society, NOFAS would like to call attention to some of its effects on the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) community. The crisis is an especially difficult time for children and adults with FASD because they can have a high rate of pre-existing health conditions, low levels of … Read More
“In a paper published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the researchers report that when alcohol-exposed male mice mated with alcohol-naïve females, the offspring displayed significant deficits in brain development. Specifically, the neocortex, responsible for complex cognitive and behavioral function, had patterning deficits. Although neither these mice nor their mothers had ever been exposed to alcohol, their brains showed changes … Read More
MotherToBaby provides an update as of 4/8/20 on COVID-19 in pregnancy and breastfeeding. Maternal anxiety, depression, domestic violence, keeping prenatal appointments…New questions surrounding the effects the novel coronavirus has had on pregnant and breastfeeding women are answered as two teratogen information specialists (experts in exposures in pregnancy and breastfeeding) once again join host Chris Stallman, CGC. Listen to Podcast!
This article by Canada FASD Research Network states, “Challenges with sensory regulation, attention, memory, and emotional regulation make it difficult for children with FASD to understand and implement preventive health practices. The social distancing measures that have been put in place can result in feelings of depression, stress, confusion, and anxiety. This blog outlines some tips for caregivers to help … Read More
Pregnant women and children There is limited information so far about COVID-19 in pregnant women. Pregnant women are at higher risk from influenza and other respiratory viruses, so they are encouraged to be extra vigilant. There is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. The CDC has information specifically for pregnant women and children. See CDC information on children and COVID-19. MotherToBaby … Read More