Monday, 17 June 2013

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

When I had my boys over 20 years ago, I wasn't aware of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the effect alcohol can have on the unborn child, I was told to eat liver for iron, nuts etc etc. How times change.

Technically any alcohol consumed by the mother passes through the placenta to your baby and because the baby's liver has not developed it cannot filter the toxins from the alcohol like we can. The toxins instead circulate in your baby's blood and this can destroy brain cells and damage their nervous system which are particularly vulnerable and this is not limited to the first 3 months of pregnancy.

FASD can cause attention and memory deficits, hyperactivity, poor problem solving skills and physically in can cause heart, eye, limb, kidney, heart and hearing problems amongst other effects.

There is no proven safe limit for alcohol consumption during pregnancy and it is much wiser to avoid it altogether.

Sadly I hear about cases of FASD everyday at work and if anybody is affected by this there is a useful website run by Mencap for anybody who would like more information.

Thankfully I am not a huge drinker so I never worried about not having a drink whilst pregnant but this information is so useful I thought I should share it.

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