Preventing FASD: Healthy Women, Healthy Babies
This resource provides information about the adverse effects of consuming alcohol while pregnant, along with important information about the health effects that can arise in the fetus.
Alcohol abuse is a serious public health concern. Did you know that alcohol can harm a fetus at any point in its development,often before a woman knows she’s pregnant?
“Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders” (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects thatcan occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may includephysical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications. The term FASDis not intended for use as a clinical diagnosis. It refers to conditions such as fetal alcohol syndrome(FAS), alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), and alcohol-related birth defects(ARBD).
If women do not drink alcohol during pregnancy, FASD is 100 percent preventable. The Surgeon General issued an advisory in February 2005 to help share this important message and to urge healthprofessionals to identify and assist women who are drinking or at risk of drinking during pregnancy. (Authors)
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