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Posted by fasd101 on July 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Please share this post and tell everyone you know what alcohol can do to the unborn baby.

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I Am Not A Zombie

Posted by fasd101 on June 19, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

But the Brain facinates me. It always has.

Just study this image and the complexities of what the brain does. An adult brain weighs about three pounds which is about 2% of a humans body weight, yet it can control any size human being. It contains about 100,000.000,000 (100 billion) neurons and the neurons multiply at a rate of about 250,000 neurons in early pregnancy.

The human brain has the same general structure as the brains of other mammals, but is larger than any other in relation to body size.  Much of the expansion comes from the part of the brain called the Cerebral Cortex, especially the frontal lobes which are associated with executive functions such as self-control, planning, reasoning, and abstract thought. The portion of the cerebral cortex devoted to vision is also greatly enlarged in humans.

The human cerebral cortex is a thick layer of neural tissue that covers most of the brain. This layer is folded in a way that increases the amount of surface that can fit into the volume available. The pattern of folds is similar across individuals, although there are many small variations.

During the first 3 weeks of gestation, the human embryo's forms a thickened strip called the neural plate (fig. 1). The plate folds and closes forming the neural tube (fig. 2)which folds and grows into the cerebral hemisphere (fig. 3). ~Wikipedia


A humans brain starts out in the first cell divisions after conception and by 3 weeks after conception has already started forming into a recognizable brain. This brain continues to develope and reach full maturity by the age of 25 yrs.

A person starts out as a single cell which rapidly divides into two cells, then four, then eight and so on. If damage is done by alcohol from the begining, then the cells that divide are compromised. The foundations, so to speak, is weakend. So each cell that divides off of the original cells will also be damaged, or even killed.  For instance, if you have 100 cells, and 25 of those are damaged, you dramatically decrease the next cell division by 25%. Cell migration is disrupted, things that should form are not formed completely, or worse yet, don't form at all.  

Can you see why it is so important to abstain from alcohol, or any damaging substances while you are pregnant?

Why would you want to chance it?

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, I beg you please, abstain from alcohol and give your baby a healthy brain!

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Posted by fasd101 on June 12, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term used to describe a wide range of disabilities that occure in a person whose mother drank alcohol while she was pregnant.

Some woman do not know that alcohol is a teratogen that can damage their unborn baby. Still others either cannot stop drinking or they find out they are pregnant after they have been drinking and stop, but the damage may have already been done.  There is NO safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. We need to spread this message and help woman to abstain during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  FASD is a 100% preventable birth defect.

Individuals affected by alcohol exposure before they were born will have different amounts of brain injury and disability. Those disabilities are present at birth but often go undectected until the child reaches school age.  Those disabilites can include physical abnormalities, learning and behavioral difficulties. 

FASD is often called the invisable disability. The signs and symptoms of FASD may go unnoticed or be masked by other things in the individual's life. It is common for people with FASD to get many diagnosis like  ADHD and Autism, before they are correctly diagnosed. Some of the diagnosis you may hear are: Fetal alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS), Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE), Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) or Alcohol Related Birth Defects (ARBD).

Here is a list of some things A person with FASD may exhibit.

They may:

  • Have memory problems (especially short term memory)
  • Have difficulty with math, telling time and managing money
  • Be very impulsive
  • Dismature. Act younger then their chronological age.
  • Have poor judgement and poor decision making skills
  • Suffer from depression
  • Be hyperactive
  • Have multiple sensory problems like being overwhelmed in a busy place, or unable to respond appropriately to touch, sound, temperature and light.
  • Be slow processing information and need more time to learn new things or directions
  • Have trouble with social skills. They often times do not understand personal space and using boundries.
  • Be concrete thinkers. They usually learn best by doing.
  • Have difficulty seperating fantasy from reality.
  • Eating difficulties
  • Have extremely high or low pain tolerance.
  • Have sleep difficulties

Most people with FASD look just like everyone else, but their brain works differently. This is what makes life so difficult for them. Most people with FASD do not get the supports and services needed  to help them succeed in life.

But there is HOPE. Even though FASD is a lifelong disability, with the right supports and changes to the environment, they can be succussful members of our communities.

For more information and help with dealing with people affected by FASD, click on the BOOKS tab to the right .

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