Photo: Up to 1 in 20 U.S. school children may have FASDs. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Alcohol use during pregnancy remains a problem leading to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), a range of effects for a fetus that is exposed in utero, including physical problems, problems with behavior and learning, or a combination. CDC research showed that about one in seven pregnant people reported drinking alcohol, and about one in 20 reported binge drinking. It was also shown that those who experienced frequent mental distress and did not have a usual health care professional were more likely to report drinking alcohol.
Obstetrician–gynecologists play a role in implementing universal screening and brief intervention for alcohol use. Access ACOG tools, including a quick guide to alcohol screening and brief intervention. Check out the ACOG FASD Prevention Program for free online trainings and resources, including a free grand rounds presentation and journal club on FASD prevention.
To participate in FASD Awareness Month this September, join us on September 9, FASD Awareness Day, for a Twitter chat at 2:30 p.m. ET, with our partners @fasdunited and @CDC_NCBDDD. Follow #FASDMonth2022 and #FASDMonth and tweet your responses!