A woman planning on becoming pregnant is receiving education from the nurse. Which statement by the patient suggests that she understands fetal alcohol syndrome?

"Alcohol affects my baby more than me, so even a little alcohol can be dangerous."
"If I consume alcohol, the baby can be harmed before I even know I''m pregnant."


• The first few weeks of fetal development is the period of highest risk for alcohol's teratogenic effects.

• Alcohol causes higher blood alcohol concentrations in a developing baby than in the mother because of slower fetal metabolism. Alcohol interferes with oxygen delivery to developing tissues and organs.

• Women planning to become pregnant should avoid alcohol.

• All alcohol consumption should be discouraged, even with meals.

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