Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Remember Fetal Alcohol Syndrome today (9/9/09)

Today is a unique day on the calendar that only happens once: 9/9/09

Since pregnancy is 9 months, remember Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) on this day. That's what the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) is doing today. This date was chosen to represent 9 months of no alcohol for women who are considering pregnancy.

Many people have misconceptions regarding alcohol and pregnancy. For instance, some people think that alcohol-related birth defects only occur if you drink alcohol heavily during your pregnancy. The fact is that many defects (including developmental problems) can occur even if you only drink very small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has a website that provides additional information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). FASDs are 100% preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy.

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