That’s why the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition (UFAC) and Utah salons are observing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day with the We Love Babies campaign. Participating salons will receive materials that explain to hair stylists and nail technicians the dangers of alcohol in pregnancy -- so they can bring up the subject with their clients. “Women and men know they can talk about almost anything with their stylist,” said Becky Sorensen, a stylist and manager with Great Looks Beauty in Sandy. “When the Coalition asked us to participate, we didn’t hesitate and are ready to start the conversation.”
Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances a woman can use in pregnancy. The more mom drinks, the more serious the effects on the fetus. Heavy alcohol use can cause:
- Sleep and nursing problems
- Vision and hearing problems
- Learning and behavior problems
- Intellectual disabilities
- Speech and language delays
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity
- Permanent brain damage
- Problems with the heart, kidneys, eyes, ears, and more
“Unfortunately, many woman say they were told by their doctor that a few glasses of wine or beer a week is okay in pregnancy,” said Julia Robertson, Program Manager for the UDOH MotherToBaby Pregnancy Risk Line. “But there is no known safe amount of alcohol when you’re pregnant.” When women call MotherTo Baby worried about the baby and upset because they recently drank alcohol, Robertson says, “We tell those moms that the important thing is to stop drinking now to increase their odds of having a healthy baby.”
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day begins worldwide annually at 9:09 a.m. on Sept. 9 — the 9th hour and 9th minute of the 9th day of the 9th month — to remind moms not to drink during the nine months of pregnancy,
We Love Babies Week in Utah is September 8-12. In addition to talking about alcohol in pregnancy, participating stylists will give clients information packets and goodie bags.
The UDOH is a member of UFAC. For more information on FASD and the Coalition, visit http://www.utahfetalalcohol.org/.
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