In recognition of FASD Awareness Month we have put together a few facts about alcohol, pregnancy and FASD.
FASD is 100 percent preventable. It is prevented by abstaining from alcohol while pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
FASD is not rare. An estimated 40,000 infants each year are affected by it, and as many as 1 in 20 children has an FASD. In fact, alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading known cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities in America.
A developing fetus can’t process alcohol. Alcohol passes directly from the mother to the baby, who will have the same blood alcohol level as the mother.
It’s not okay to drink if you’re sexually active and not using contraceptives. According to the CDC, as many as 49 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned. Alcohol can harm the fetus at any time, even before a woman knows she is pregnant.