prenatal exposure

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Evaluating the risk of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure is one of the hardest decisions adoptive parents must make. Host Dawn Davenport interviewed Dr. Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation’s leading researchers on long term effects of prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, and author of a new book on the subject, The Mystery of Risk. Dr. Chasnoff is president of the Children’s Research Triangle and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What are the most commonly abused substances during pregnancy?
  • What percentage of women drink alcohol during pregnancy?
  • What are the long term health impacts on a child whose mother smoked cigarettes during pregnancy?
  • What percentage of women smoke tobacco during pregnancy?
  • Do the risk of alcohol consumption by pregnant woman differ depending on the time of pregnancy?
  • What trimester in pregnancy is most dangerous to drink?
  • Does it matter how much the pregnant woman drank? Or how frequently she drank?
  • Is there a risk to drinking before the first missed period?
  • What is the best way to ask a prospective birth mother who is considering adoption if she drank during her pregnancy?
  • How reliable is looking for the facial features of FAS?
  • How to tell if a child has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
  • If the child does not have the facial features of FAS does that mean he will be less impacted?
  • How can parents adopting internationally tell based on the limited information available if their child has been exposed to alcohol during pregnancy?
  • What are the most common long term effects to a child who was exposed prenatally to alcohol?
  • How does ADHS differ from FASD?
  • What are the most common long term effects to a child who was exposed prenatally to marijuana?

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