FASD Awareness Day – September 9
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to the range of effects that can occur in infants, children, youth or adults who were exposed to alcohol before birth. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioural and / or learning disabilities.
The only way someone can get FASD is if their mother drank alcohol when she was pregnant. When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, her blood stream carries the alcohol to her baby. When the mother drinks, so does her baby.
There is NO SAFE AMOUNT of alcohol during pregnancy.
There is NO SAFE TIME to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
When a woman drinks while pregnant, there is a risk of her baby’s brain not developing fully. The brain can be injured at any time during the nine months of pregnancy. The effects of the alcohol are permanent. FASD can not be cured.
However, people with FASD can still do very well with helpful supports and services. Some examples include special education, vocational programs, tutors, structured environments, and lifelong care.
FASD can be prevented!
If you are pregnant, or planning to be pregnant, don’t drink alcohol. If you are the partner, family member or friend, you can support a pregnant woman by encouraging her not to drink alcohol at this time.
If you need help, contact your health care provider or the FASD Support Network of Saskatchewan:
Phone for free: 1-866-673-3276
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