ADULTING WITH FASD
In 2019, the Center for Disease Control did a study. In the United States, it was discovered that approximately 1 in 9 women reported drinking alcohol when pregnant in the prior 30 days of the study (2019, WWW.CDC.GOV). One third of these women admitted to binge drinking in the past 30 days, averaging 4.5 drinking EPISODES, NOT DRINKS, during this time. 1 IN 9. ONE IN NINE. UNO EN NUEVE.
Here is another set of numbers for you. According to www.reuters.com in 2018, up to 1 IN 10 CHILDREN may have an FASD. Think of a classroom. Many classrooms have 20 children. Tha would be 2 kids in a class.
These are staggering numbers, numbers that need to be abolished, and ones that in a perfect world never would have existed. There is NO SAFE AMOUNT of ALCOHOL When Pregnant. I AM A STATISTIC. I am one of those babies born with an FASD. I live with struggles from the choice my birth mom made. Every…Single…Day.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Institute of Health clearly state that there is no safe amount of alcohol to be consumed by a pregnant woman during pregnancy. Women need to heed this advice. The implications for the baby are lifelong. The brain damage is irreversible. In 2016 the CDC stated for women who are planning to become pregnant or trying to conceive to ALSO abstain from drinking. Alcohol could be consumed by an unsuspected baby in utero. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are the only disorders that where Brain Damage is 100% preventable.
Alcohol is a teratogen, a substance that can and DOES interfere with the development of a fetus. The alcohol goes from the mom’s lips into her blood stream, and then into the baby’s bloodstream.
WHAT ABOUT ONE SIP? WHY? JUST SAY NO. SAY NO, LET YOUR BABY GROW. #FASD #9months #invisibledisability
I am an adult living with aFetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. As an adult with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I am constantly searching for sites that share in my quirkiness, and answer my questions i have about adults living on the spectrum. Take a peek at my blogs! They describe daily quirks, and ideas for parents, educators, children and adults living with FASDs.