September 9th is FASD Day - We remind everyone that there is no safe time, no safe amount and no safe kind of alcohol consumption in pregnancy.When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol it crosses the placenta and it can affect the developing brain and organs of the unborn baby throughout pregnancy. Brain damage is the biggest risk to the unborn baby when mothers drink in pregnancy.
If you are trying to get pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or you are pregnant the safest choice is to be alcohol free. If you drink alcohol, use a reliable form of birth control to prevent an alcohol exposed pregnancy.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term that describes the effects on the brain and body of people exposed to alcohol in pregnancy. It is a lifelong disability and people with FASD experience challenges in their daily living and need support with many areas in their lives to reach their full potential. Each person with FASD is unique and has areas of strengths and challenges.
Early and appropriate supports for people living with FASD can have a positive impact and improve outcomes for those with the disability.