Maternal Drinking During Pregnancy Can Damage The Earliest Fetal Learning

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 11:29am

And for the first time-- Researchers have been able to see the effects of alcohol on a fetus. The doctors surveyed pregnant women in Ireland about their alcohol use. They also tested the ability of their unborn babies to learn to ignore sounds like they way you learn to ignore the ticking of a clock after a while. This is considered a basic form of learning. They found the fetuses whose mothers reported binge drinking took significantly longer to perform this skill than other babies.

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