Welcome to day 8 of our 99 day journey of all things FASD. Today's fact is a surprise to some people - that the physical features visible in those with what is referred to as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or FAS (still a diagnostic term in many countries) will occur only if alcohol is consumed within … Continue reading Day 8 of 99 Days to FASDay: The Face of FAS In Three Days
What if you have been drinking alcohol and discover you are pregnant? Addictions aside, which require more intensive support, the advice from professionals is: stop drinking alcohol if you discover are pregnant. Partners are encouraged to also stop drinking alcohol as a way to support mom-to-be. Half the women in the U.S. drink alcohol and … Continue reading Day 7 of 99 Days to FASDay: Reduce the Risk
FASD prevention work is complex; it involves much more than providing information about the risks of alcohol use in pregnancy. Preventing risky alcohol use by pregnant women (and mothers before and after pregnancy) does not take place at only one point in time, nor does it occur through a single interaction with one care provider. In … Continue reading Day 6 of 99 Days to FASDay: Talking to Women About Alcohol and Pregnancy
An article published in The Guardian on May 18, 2017 caused some controversy and discussion. Warning pregnant women over dangers of alcohol goes too far, experts say In the article various organizations and "experts" (in particular The British Pregnancy Advisory Service) feel the message of no alcohol during pregnancy scares women and is not based on … Continue reading Day 5 of 99 Days to FASDay: No Known Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy
In a 1993 study, sixteen pairs of twins, all exposed to alcohol prenatally, were evaluated. They represented all available twins of mothers who used alcohol and were on the patient rolls of the authors.
In 2017 a European study of women, alcohol and pregnancy revealed: “One in six women reported use of alcohol after the pregnancy was recognized," Angela Lupattelli, a scientist at the University of Oslo who took part in the study, told AFP. Surprisingly, women who confirmed alcohol use while pregnant were more likely to be older, … Continue reading Day 3 of 99 Days to FASDay: FASD Knows No Bounds
FASD or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the leading cause of developmental disabilities however it is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.
FASD History: Dr. Paul Lemoine published the first literature that linked prenatal alcohol use with birth defects in 1968.
Following on the heels of the recent Ontario 2017 Budget Provides $26 Million for FASD, The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, for Canada, announced $3.6 million in federal funding for five projects aimed at preventing and screening for alcohol use in pregnancy. According to a News Release issued on May 5, project leads will work with … Continue reading Public Health Agency of Canada investing $3.6 M into 5 projects to address FASD
If you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, then please pass on the glass of alcohol today, and for the next nine months of pregnancy, and celebrate with something else instead. Drinking alcohol while pregnant, can cause your child to be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD is the leading known cause of … Continue reading Pregnant? No Alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day means no FASD for your child.