Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects associated with prenatal alcohol exposure-it is not a diagnosis. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is one medical condition that can occur due to drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, or could become pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.
- No amount of alcohol use is known to be safe for a developing baby before birth.
- About half of the pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned.
- A woman may not realize she is pregnant up to 4 to 6 weeks in pregnancy and expose her baby to alcohol before she knows she is pregnant.
- Exposure to alcohol from all types of beverages, including beer and wine, poses a risk to developing babies at every stage of pregnancy.
- A developing baby is exposed to the same concentration of alcohol as the mother during pregnancy yet doesn’t have the filter of mature kidneys.
- FASDs are completely preventable if a developing baby is not exposed to alcohol before birth.
- Each year more than 40,000 babies are born each year with FASDs the can result in birth defects, intellectual or learning disabilities, behavior problem, and trouble learning life skills.
- Up to 1 in 20 school children may have an FASD.
- FASD related difficulties last a lifetime.
- The estimated lifetime cost for an individual with FASD is over two million dollars.
- Alcohol causes more damage to the developing fetus than any other substance, including marijuana, heroin, and cocaine (Institute of Medicine).
If you think your child may have an FASD, we can help through diagnosis, intervention and referrals. Call Sr. Suzette Fisher at 419.724.1353, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit our online form: http://www.doublearc.org/intake/.