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They say a pregnant woman never drinks alone, and it’s true: The effects of drinking alcohol during pregnancy are evident when children are born. People with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) can face a lifetime of challenges.
FASDs affect children whose mothers drink alcohol during their pregnancy. Because alcohol can pass through the umbilical cord to the child and affect fetal brain development, doctors advise expecting mothers to avoid it.
What are fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?
The exact number of people with FASDs is unknown, but estimates in the United States range from 1 to 9 out of every 1,000 children born. There are several different types of FASDs, including fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which can cause growth problems, central nervous system issues, and abnormal facial features. Learning can be difficult for a child with FAS, and they may have a hard time getting along with other people.
Other FASDs include alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), alcohol-related birth defects (ARBD), and partial fetal alcohol syndrome (PFAS).
The following FASD blogs offer information as well as support and tips on how to help and nurture those who are affected.
Lauri Beekman edits this weekly newsletter that rounds up alcohol-related health news items, including medical studies on FASDs from around the world. If you want to keep abreast of the latest research developments and news as well as watch some helpful FASD-related videos, this is the place to go.
FASD Outreach offers information, resources, and video training to parents and educators who want to know more about FASD or work with FASD children. The videos are especially enlightening because they show educators how to accommodate FASD children in a school environment. Parents can also learn how to care for their child at home.
This blog is an informative and personal resource for anyone who has a child with FASD. Told from a Midwestern foster mother’s perspective, it’s full of stories and insights on how to care for and nurture a FASD child. It also addresses adoption and foster care, and features guest posts from people dealing with FASD.
Girls, Women, Alcohol, and Pregnancy
This is the blog of the Network Action Team (NAT) on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective. The blog highlights news from organizations across the globe that aim to prevent FASDs. It also shares information on campaigns that are trying to prevent these disorders, as well as tips on how to not drink during pregnancy.
This Minnesota-based nonprofit features information and video training for parents and teachers about FASDs, as well as a free monthly email newsletter. The group is also on Facebook and Twitter, so you can get up-to-the-minute reports related to the disorders, breakthroughs, treatments, and other related news.
The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project
This Canadian-based blog is all about making sure communities are aware of the risks of FASDs. It helps health professionals learn how to approach the topic with their patients with compassion and accurate advice. The blog has articles about binge drinking, low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines, and resources for expectant mothers.