Today we will try to get out the word that there is NO safe amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy! We are a community of people who see the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure every day. We see it in the struggles of our children, spouses or our selves. We know that we have to continue to raise our voices no matter how small they may seem at times. The facts are that FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) is more common then Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy COMBINED and yet most people do not even know what it is! It is more common than Autism a syndrome that is in the news every day. Do you see any celebrity endorsements on FASD? Even today on the day of Awareness?
So we cry out to get any attention for a cause that seems to be continuing to be swept under the rug. Our society continues to deny a syndrome that was discovered over 40 years ago! No one wants to face how much alcohol harms our society. We have lots of shows about intervention on illegal drugs but how many on the fact that the legal drug of alchol is more deadly than any of those drugs! We don’t want to face that our society is so dependent on alcohol. When fun is described it is with alcohol…but drink responsibly. What is drinking responsibly??? I am not trying to preach that alcohol is evil but I am sad that we won’t give it up to ensure the health of our children.
Is it not worth it to abstain while trying to get pregnant, while pregnant and while breastfeeding??? When I look into my children’s eyes I know they were worth it but unfortunately this message did not reach their moms in time. They did not get this protection and they pay for it every day of their lives. I cry thinking that I read just yesterday posts on the CDC site that this FASD myth was just to control pregnant women. FASD IS NOT A MYTH! Anyone who thinks it is is more than welcome to come to my house…spend the day. Then go forward and try to believe that it makes no difference to a child, a person, a human life!