Parents’ Pregnancy: Dads’ Alcohol Habits May Affect Fetuses Too

**Study: Pregnant women aren’t the only ones whose drinking habits can affect babies. Dads’ drinking may also have an effect.**

**Parents’ Pregnancy: Dads’ Alcohol Habits May Affect Fetuses Too**

Pregnant women have long been advised to abstain from alcohol, as it can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a range of birth defects and developmental problems. But a new study suggests that dads’ drinking habits may also affect their unborn children.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that men who drank heavily before their partners became pregnant were more likely to have children with lower birth weights and smaller head circumferences. The researchers also found that these children were more likely to have developmental problems, such as language delays and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The study’s lead author, Dr. Katherine Kiefe, said the findings suggest that dads’ alcohol habits may play a role in fetal development. .

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