Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are 100% preventable and is the leading known causes of preventable mental retardation in the western hemisphere. FASD is an umbrella term that covers specific conditions, which range from mild to severe and may present in a variety of ways: physical features, structural anomalies, central nervous system and behavior abnormalities. The U.S. Surgeon General has stated clearly that no amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe for a pregnant woman and that alcohol can damage a fetus at any stage of pregnancy.
September 9, 2015 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of each year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from alcohol. The first awareness day was celebrated on 9/9/1999. Anytime is a good time to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
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