Every year on September 9, communities throughout the United States and the world observe FASD Awareness Day. This date and time is used to remind women not to drink during the 9 months of pregnancy. The first Awareness Day was held on 9/9/99. Since then, the federal government and many state and local governments have officially recognized FASD Awareness Day.
This day is to promote awareness and increase compassion for individuals with an FASD. FASD is one hundred percent preventable by having no Alcohol while you are pregnant. There is no known safe level of alcohol use and everything you drink goes into your bloodstream and passes onto your baby.
FASD doesn’t go away after the babies are born, they have lifelong problems such as learning, paying attention and medical issues. If you are trying to have a baby, give your baby the best start to life and love them enough to give up alcohol for the entire 9 months. Even before some women know they are pregnant their babies are beginning to develop. For example, at week four of a pregnancy the brain, heart, arms, legs, eyes and ears are beginning to develop.