There are many things we learn in our lifetime that don’t have a direct affect on us in the moment. Honestly, when was the last time we needed to use a logarithm in our daily lives? However, knowledge is power. Knowledge helps us make informed choices, helps us counsel friends, and guide loved ones.
When the Arc shares information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD’s), we hope to educate the masses – men and women. You don’t need to be pregnant to be armed with the knowledge of prevention. Understanding that alcohol use during pregnancy is a leading preventable cause of intellectual disabilities could help a friend or loved one who is pregnant to question whether they should have a glass of wine at a party.
It is estimated that at least 1 out of every 100 babies born will have damage from prenatal alcohol exposure.
You can make a difference. Make the promise to encourage alcohol free pregnancies by educating yourself, making effective choices, and being supportive. Encourage your friends and family members to Go the Whole 9 and refrain from any amount or type of alcohol while pregnant.