On September 9th, Sieda Community Action Behavioral Health & Treatment Services and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recognizes International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day as a reminder that there is no “safe” level of drinking while pregnant. 

Alcohol is now recognized as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the United States.

Alcohol can damage the developing fetal brain and is thought to be particularly harmful to the embryo and fetus during the first three months of pregnancy, a time when a woman may not even be aware she is pregnant. Each year thousands of children are born with life-long disabilities because they were exposed to alcohol prenatally.

As the ninth day of the ninth month of the year approaches, NIAAA reminds every woman to protect her unborn child’s well-being and not drink during the entire nine months of pregnancy.

At Sieda, we would like to remind everyone on this day that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are 100% preventable.

For more information about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, please visit http://www.cdc.gov.