Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a spectrum of disabilities both physical and mental disorders that can affect children caused by alcohol exposure during pregnancy. If you drink when pregnant alcohol can pass straight through the placenta to the baby and their underdeveloped liver cannot filter out the toxins in the same way that an adult liver can.
It is known that heavy drinking and binge drinking can cause significant damage to the foetas; however; there is no proven risk-free amount of alcohol that can be drunk during pregnancy, so the best advice is not to drink alcohol at all when trying for a baby, pregnant or breastfeeding.
There are many reasons that women drink during pregnancy ranging from not being aware that they are pregnant to lack of education and consequentially not knowing the dangers. Under reporting and under diagnosing means affected people do not get the help and support they need for their mental health and well-being. Proper FASD training will help produce better life outcomes for children and people affected by FASD. CPD accredited online course
To get more information on FASD and its effects you can visit the The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome – UK website or speak to your GP.
Watch the YouTube Video on the right so see what alcohol does to an egg - If this can happen to an egg, don't you wonder what can happen to a baby?.
If you would like to talk NOFASD's friendly Advisors call:
0208 458 5951
London NW11 6DA
Tel: 0208 458 5951
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