My son has FASD. I am angry at his birth mother. Truly ANGRY! Were those drinks worth effecting this boys life? Was the stress relief she got from having those drinks worth damaging his brain? NO! NO! NO!
Today a fairly popular person in the world of blogging published an article retelling the story of encouraging her pregnant friend to have a drink. Worst advice EVER!
I have written about FASD before and how much we adore our son. He is an amazing, artistic, loving, sweet boy who is going to have a tough life thanks to alcohol consumption in utero. That’s right, he consumed alcohol in utero. You see any amount of alcohol, yes, even a small glass of wine, passes through the placenta to the baby. The fetus is not able to metabolize the alcohol through the liver. They absorb it and have the SAME BLOOD ALCOHOL concentration as the woman who just had that drink. It doesn’t matter if it is wine, beer or bourbon you just got your fetus essentially drunk. You wouldn’t do that after your baby is born so why on earth would you do it while pregnant?!
Oh, your doctor said it is okay to drink a glass of wine? Well he was wrong. Maybe he didn’t have the guts to tell you otherwise or maybe he is not familiar with FASD and all of the data out there on it but he is WRONG. The Surgeon General and American Academy of Pediatrics tell us to not have even one drink during pregnancy.
Is there a safe amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy?There is no safe amount of alcohol when a woman is pregnant. Research evidence is that even drinking small amounts of alcohol while pregnant can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, or sudden infant death syndrome.
You drank during your pregnancy and your child was born without FASD? That’s great news for your child! But not for mine or for so many others.
Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading cause of development disability and birth defects in the United States. FASD effects approximately 40,000 infants annually. NOFAS, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has some facts that you need to know. The effects of prenatal alcohol exposure include:
Abnormal Facial Characteristics
Brain Damage including Mental Retardation
Heart, Lung and Kidney defects
Hyperactivity and Behavior Problems
Attention and Memory Problems
Poor Coordination and Motor Skill Delays
Difficulty with judgment and reasoning
There are a lot of myths out there about FASD and FAFASD (Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) has some answers to those for you.
To Baby Sideburns I say – Get the facts lady! And tonight say a little prayer that the one glass of wine didn’t change the course of your friend’s life forever.
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