CORNER BROOK Western Health made an announcement last week to designate today as International FASD Day in an effort to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as well as the impacts of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
At 9:09 a.m. on Sept. 9 annually, residents of the western region can share a “Minute of Reflection” to recognize those who have been affected by FASD.
The number nine in the ninth month of the ninth day holds significance to the nine months of pregnancy, or those while planning to conceive, which a woman should not consume alcohol.
Western Health reminds pregnant women that no amount of alcohol is considered safe during any stage of pregnancy, as babies face risk of having brain damage, vision and hearing problems, slow growth and a variety of other birth defects.
FASD can also place a child at high risk of other disabilities such as mental health issues, disrupted schooling and addictions.