As we are working our way towards International FASD Day on September 9th, 2019, we would like to highlight some of the great prevention campaigns that are going on continuously throughout the year and around the world.
Have you seen the Pregnant Pause campaign out of Australia?
Pregnant Pause is an initiative developed by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an independent not-for-profit working to stop the harm caused by alcohol.
The campaign encourages Australians to go alcohol free during their pregnancy, or the pregnancy of their partner, family member, friend or loved one.
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with a range of adverse consequences including miscarriage, still or premature birth, low birth weights and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
That’s why the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia’s guidelines state that not drinking alcohol is the safest option. There is no known ‘safe’ time or level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
We know that this seemingly easy task of giving up alcohol can be challenging in a community where alcohol and socialising goes hand in hand and varied ‘expert’ and anecdotal information can place pressure on mums-to-be.
Pregnant Pause wants to make it easier on mums-to-be, with a campaign to build a strong support system to help women achieve an alcohol free pregnancy and raise awareness of this important health message.
If we can do that, we can make FASD history.
Click here to check them out!