Drinking during pregnancy could damage child's development

As part of national Alcohol Awareness Week, local people in Stockton-on-Tees have been highlighting the dangers of drinking during pregnancy with a 'Pregnant Pause'.

The Pregnant Pause, which represented the nine months that a woman is pregnant for, aimed to educate more people about a disorder which affects thousands of babies every year, is completely preventable and yet is still not widely known about.

Foetal Alcohol Specrum disorder is what can happen if a mother drinks during pregnancy and can affect the development of a child's organs and facial features.

Children who have Foetal Alcohol Specrum disorder suffer from:

  • Mouth, teeth and facial problems
  • Weak immune system
  • Epilepsy
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney and heart defects
  • Cerebral palsy and other muscular problems
  • Height and weight issues
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Hearing and ear problems

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Pregnant drinkers warned

As part of Alcohol Awareness Week, people in Stockton-on-Tees have been highlighting the dangers of drinking during pregnancy in an unusual way.