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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day - September 9
Mon, Sep 9, 2024

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day is one of the most significant days on the calendar because it underscores the importance of prenatal health. There are vigorous campaigns in America to promote alcohol-free pregnancies and raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol to the developing fetus. Since scientists still do not know how much alcohol, if any, is safe during pregnancy, the unanimous recommendation from doctors is to abstain from alcohol completely during this time.

History

Historically, alcohol was used to treat certain medical conditions during pregnancy, including efforts to prevent premature birth. The method developed by Dr. Fritz Fuchs involved the intravenous administration of alcohol along with other treatments. However, it was soon discovered that alcohol could cause irreversible pathological changes in fetal development, manifesting in various ways such as hyperactivity or delayed cognitive development, making the condition challenging to diagnose.

Useful Facts

  • The first Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day was held in 1999, organized by parents of affected children and the head of the FAS Community Resource Center.
  • September 9, the ninth day of the ninth month, was chosen symbolically to remind expectant mothers of the importance of abstaining from alcohol throughout pregnancy.
  • Statistically, women might consume up to four servings of alcohol at a time, which is dangerous during pregnancy.
  • There are no safe levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, applicable to all types of alcoholic beverages regardless of their alcohol content.
  • A variety of specialists, including pediatricians, psychologists, and geneticists, are involved in the treatment of fetal alcohol syndrome.

How to Take Part

Engage in activities to raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome. Use social media to spread the message; this is crucial. Be sure to use the hashtag #FASDAwareness.

When is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day celebrated in 2024?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day is observed on September 9 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Monday September 9 2024
Tuesday September 9 2025
Wednesday September 9 2026
Thursday September 9 2027
Saturday September 9 2028
Sunday September 9 2029