In our society, alcohol is not seen as a drug by many people and, while it may seem obvious to some, there’s confusion and mixed messages about alcohol use during pregnancy. Research has proven that alcohol use during pregnancy, even in the earliest stages, can cause birth defects, brain damage and life-long challenges with learning and behavior. This group of conditions is known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and this year, 3.3 million women are at risk for having an alcohol-exposed pregnancy (CDC
There are many unknowns during pregnancy that we cannot control for but one thing we do know is that FASDs are the only birth defects that are 100 percent preventable.
Episode 5 – The Truth About Alcohol and Pregnancy (FASD)
Our PRIME mini-series continues this episode of My Healthy Life
in honor of FASD Awareness Day with Amy Hendricks
, coordinator for the North Carolina Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program (FASDinNC
). Amy, the passionate and witty public health educator, helps us break down the numbers even further to get to the heart of the matter and understand the truth about alcohol during pregnancy.
FASD Awareness Day
September 9 was designated in 2009 (09/09/09) as World FASD Awareness Day
. Help us spread the word about a healthy pregnancy for a healthy baby for a healthy future by sharing this special episode with a loved one who’s a current, expecting or future mother, or parents.