Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

FASD Awareness Day, Sept. 9

FASD Awareness Day is Sept. 9! Learn more about FASD from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

What We Know

  • There is no guaranteed safe level of alcohol use at any time during your pregnancy or even when you’re trying to get pregnant.
  • Alcohol can cause problems for your unborn baby throughout your pregnancy, including before you know you are pregnant.
  • All kinds of alcohol should be avoided, including red or white wine, beer and liquor.
  • If you are pregnant and have been drinking, it’s never too late to stop.

Reasons Why

  • When you drink, your baby drinks, and that can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
  • FASD includes a wide range of physical and mental disabilities and lasting emotional and behavioral problems.
  • You may not know right away if your child has been affected. FASD includes a range of physical and intellectual disabilities that are not always easy to identify when a child is a newborn. Some of these effects may not be known until your child is in school.

What You Can Do

  • FASD is 100% preventable. By not drinking, you have the power to improve your child’s chances of a healthy start.
  • The sooner you stop drinking, the better it will be for both you and your baby. If you are pregnant and have been drinking, talk to your doctor or nurse.
  • There is no cure for FASD. However, identifying children with these conditions as early as possible can help them to reach their full potential.

Watch Melissa’s story and learn more from the CDC on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day »

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/features/alcoholfasd/, accessed Aug. 29, 2016


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