A worldwide event to remind pregnant women about the potential harm that alcohol can cause to their unborn child takes place today (Friday 9 September).
Worldwide Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders day aims to raise awareness of the effects of drinking on an unborn baby and remind mothers to be about the recent change to UK guidelines – which now advise pregnant women to avoid alcohol altogether.
What are the risks of drinking in pregnancy?
Studies have shown that drinking alcohol during pregnancy increases your baby’s chances of developing birth defects, learning disorders, behavioural problems and mental illness. This can occur even when you drink small amounts of alcohol, not only if you drink to excess.
The annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders day event takes place on the ninth day of the ninth month as a reminder to women to abstain from alcohol for their nine months of pregnancy.
FASD is 100% preventable – by avoiding alcohol during pregnancy.
If you are finding it hard to cut down on your drinking or may need some help giving up, speak to your GP or midwife who can help you. You can also contact Knowsley’s alcohol services (KIRS) on 0845 873 4462.