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Partners urged to avoid booze during pregnancy

Gold Coast Health’s leading foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) expert has encouraged more partners to share the responsibility for avoiding alcohol when planning for and during pregnancy.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Director of Community Child Health Dr Doug Shelton has highlighted the importance of avoiding alcohol if planning a pregnancy and also called for greater emphasis in school education on the risks of drinking.

"Someone who binge drinks while pregnant is more likely to have a baby with FASD,” said Dr Shelton, who established Australia’s first FASD diagnostic clinic on the Gold Coast. “[Drinking] is unsafe throughout the entire pregnancy but it is especially unsafe in that first three months.”

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Last updated 20 Dec 2016