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Natalya Miller-Odum Psych 235 Dr. G. Turner Teratogens Teratogens are agents that are able to cause harm and birth defects to an expected child. They are caused from the mother being exposed to something in her environment while pregnant with her child. These environments include the use of prescription drugs, alcohol, drugs (legal or illegal), or a disease. The most sensitive periods for teratogens in pregnancy are the first 3.5 - 4.5 weeks to the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. But it is known that the use of alcohol can affect the fetus at any point of the pregnancy. When this happens, the fetus can be born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS is an abnormality born to babies whose mothers consumed alcohol while pregnant. This is a non- genetic cause of mental retardation that can cause the baby to be born with a small head and brain, facial abnormalities, and defects to other organs in their bodies. Regardless, when a mother consumes alcohol while
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