The Effects Of Alcohol On The Unborn Essay

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Alcohol is a significant issue in the United States, no matter if it directly affects the unborn, children, teens, or adults. Even though the effects can be prevented among everyone, the unborn child cannot stop his or her mother from drinking while she is pregnant, an action which causes harm to the baby. This is why legislators need to pass a federal law that bans pregnant women from consuming any kind of alcohol during their entire pregnancy. “Alcohol is immediately passed from the pregnant women’s blood stream to the unborn baby” (Boehlke). There the baby’s body cannot handle alcohol. “Alcohol appears to be the most harmful in the first three months of pregnancy or in other words, the first trimester” which is the most crucial time of the baby’s development where most of his or her organs are being formed (Alcohol and Pregnancy). “The level of alcohol in the fetus’s blood is often two times higher than in the mother’s blood and stays in the fetus’s blood twice as long” (Realityworks 291). There is a range of problems that can happen to the fetus because of the mother’s choice to drink during pregnancy. This includes: “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)” (Bailey and Sokol 86). While a mother is pregnant and using alcohol, spontaneous abortions, as well as medical abortions (effects of the mother’s choice), can happen. While banning…

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