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WHAT IS FASD?

FASD, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is an umbrella term for several diagnoses that are all related to prenatal exposure to alcohol (i.e. while a baby is in the womb)

These are:

  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, FAS
  • Partial Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, PFAS
  • Alcohol Related Neuro-developmental Disorder, ARND
  • Alcohol Related Birth Defects, ARBD
  • Foetal Alcohol Effects, FAE

FASD is a series of preventable birth defects caused entirely by a woman drinking alcohol at any time during her pregnancy. Beer, wine, spirits - it’s all the same to the developing baby.

The term "Spectrum" is used because each individual with FASD may have some or all of a spectrum of mental and physical challenges. In addition each individual with FASD may have these challenges to a degree or “spectrum” from mild to very severe.

COMMON PROBLEMS INCLUDE

  • Vision impairment
  • Sleep problems
  • Heart defects
  • Liver problems
  • Poor immune system
  • Speech & language delays
  • Impulsivity
  • Memory problems
  • Hyperactivity
  • Inappropriate social behaviour

MORE INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

You can speak to your midwife or GP about FASD or any concerns you might have about consuming alcohol during pregnancy.

If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking visit Forward Leeds at
www.forwardleeds.co.uk