April Alcohol Awareness Month

The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) encourages you to celebrate an alcohol-free pregnancy.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and we’d like to spread awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), caused when a woman drinks alcohol while pregnant. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. FASD cannot be cured, but it can be prevented by not drinking alcohol – including red wine, white wine, wine coolers, beer or hard liquor during your pregnancy.

Drinking During Pregnancy

There is no safe level of alcohol, no safe kind of alcohol, and no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant (CDC).
You have an 85% chance of getting pregnant if you are sexually active and are not using birth control (NIH).

Whether or not you want to become pregnant, talk to your health care provider about how to prepare for pregnancy and how to prevent it until you are sure you are ready. Make sure you are using a prevention method that works for you. Ask yourself, would you like to become pregnant in the next year?

Impact in Minnesota

1 in 5 Minnesota women did not receive any message about alcohol use or were told they could drink lightly or in moderation during their prenatal visits from their doctor (Wilder Foundation).

Did you know that Minnesota has one of the highest rates of binge drinking in the country (CDC)? If you are concerned about your drinking, there is help available.

1 in 10 women in Minnesota drink alcohol during their pregnancy (CDC). MOFAS offers the Circle of Hope support group for women who drank alcohol during their pregnancy.

Women in the Circle of Hope group support each other in overcoming the stigma of alcoholism, addiction, and FASD. They offer hope and encouragement as parents of children with an FASD. Join us at the next COH support group.

Each year, an estimated 7,061 Minnesota babies are born with prenatal alcohol exposure (Minnesota State Demographic Center & CDC)

If you think your child may have been exposed to alcohol in the womb, the MOFAS FASD Diagnostic Clinic can answer questions and schedule an appointment for an assessment.

Alcohol-Free

On average, 1 in 3 adults prefer a non-alcoholic beverage (SAMHSA).

The healthiest choice you can make is not to drink any alcohol if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Minnesota has one of the highest rates of binge drinking in the country (CDC).

If you're hosting a gathering, consider offering non-alcoholic options for your guests, such as the Cherry Lime Spritzer MOFAS Mocktail below.

MOFAS Loves Babies

Are you hosting or attending a baby shower any time soon? We want to help celebrate!

Ask MOFAS how you can get FREE goodies for you and your guests at the baby shower for our MOFAS Baby Shower Bonus.

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