When you are pregnant, there is:
No safe time to drink alcohol
No safe type of alcohol
No safe amount of alcohol
What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?
Drinking while pregnant puts you at risk of giving birth to a baby with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnostic term used to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol. FASD is a lifelong disability.
Individuals with FASD will experience some degree of challenges in their daily living, and need support with:
- motor skills,
- physical health,
- learning, memory,
- emotional regulation, and
- social skills to reach their full potential.
Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges.
FASD is Preventable
Alcohol rapidly reaches your baby through your bloodstream. The amount of alcohol that can harm a growing baby is not known. The effect of alcohol on a growing baby depends on the amount, pattern and timing of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the health of the pregnant woman. Drinking a lot of alcohol in a short time period is especially bad for the growing baby.