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International FASD Awareness Day: September 9, 2017

fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disordersFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day is September 9th, 2017, a day dedicated to preventing prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs by increasing awareness and education to the public about the dangers of drugging while pregnant, and supporting women struggling with alcoholism/drugs during and after pregnancy.

FASDs is a serious growing problem in United States. Every year almost 100,000 newborns in America are exposed to heavy drinking or binge drinking during their prenatal development. As a result, education on avoiding alcohol while pregnant has increased to reduce this public health crisis, including educating medical/clinical professionals about doing their part in preventing FASDS.

• No amount of alcohol use is known to be safe for a developing baby before birth.

• Exposure to alcohol from all types of beverages, including beer and wine, poses a risk to developing babies at every stage of pregnancy.

• A developing baby is exposed to the same concentration of alcohol as the pregnant woman.

• FASDs are completely preventable if a developing baby is not exposed to alcohol before birth.

• Avoiding all alcohol while pregnant (or while at risk for pregnancy) will absolutely guarantee that a child will not have a condition along the continuum of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).

• An estimated 40,000 babies are born each year with FASDs, which can result in birth defects, intellectual or learning disabilities, behavior problems, and trouble learning life skills.

• The rates of FASD are estimated to be comparable to the rates of Autism. Up to 1 in 20 U.S. schoolchildren may have a FASD.

• FASD-related disorders last a lifetime.

• Make a plan for a healthy baby–don’t drink any alcohol if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It’s estimated that half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned and that a woman may not realize she is pregnant up to 4 to 6 weeks in pregnancy and expose her baby to alcohol before she knows she is pregnant.

• If you become pregnant, stop drinking alcohol. Every day matters. The sooner you stop drinking, the better for your baby. If you need help stopping, talk to your doctor, or contact an addiction treatment agency/recovery program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Source: www.nofas.org


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