Monday, July 23, 2012

#48 Days To FASDay - Host a pregnant pause

Pregnant Pause

The "Pregnant Pause" is those 9 months of pregnancy when you "pause" from drinking alcohol. (It is also advised by some that women trying to conceive should also consider avoiding alcohol, as the baby is most vulnerable during the early weeks.)

But, if you are pregnant, have been drinking and have come across this website and are now in state of panic:
  1. To be completely sure your baby is not exposed to any further potential harm, it is best that you do not drink any more alcohol for the remainder of your pregnancy.  Remember that the first 10 days post ovulation the foetus is generally safe as the placental maternal connection has not yet been established. The risk commences once the placental blood flow commences and the foetus is connected to the mother.
  2. Stop Worrying - stress is also harmful for your baby - and you. Please speak with your midwife or GP about any concerns you may have, or call our helpline.
  3. What to do after Baby arrives….If you have any concerns after your baby is born about any aspect of their health or development, please speak to your health visitor or GP; they are there to help, advise and support you.

Host and Plan 
a Pregnant Pause event in your community.

This is great fun and involves lots of folks for a fun media event.

In Minnesota, Pregnant Pause is a fun day with parents celebrating pregnancy. Each year the number of events has grown and includes:

  • A gift bag of wonderful welcome the new baby supplies
  • An opportunity for Dads to feel what is it like to be pregnant.
  • A non-alcoholic taste testing with a a contest for creating non-alcoholic drinks, where bartenders mix the drinks, and pregnant women judge the drinks and vote on a winner. The recipes can be shared along with a message about the importance of staying alcohol free during all 9 months of pregnancy.

Full marketing materials available
Get great gear for your event 
T-shirts, buttons, notebooks 
giftware to give away
Stand in sobriety with a pregnant friend, family member or co-worker for nine months - Friends make a huge difference in support. Everyone can participate in support, love and compassion. Get the gear to support your friend

Host a baby shower in support of a sober free pregnancy -

Host a fun event to build awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)...

Families and communities can consider pulling together a summer pot-luck BBQ of people interested in helping you this year. Mix up some non-alcoholic drinks to celebrate your future event!

Enjoy an Event from the UK - What an easy and great ideas - can be done in schools, communities around the world - Have fun and enjoy!

Online Manual -
Seminar - Or try our easy, effective, exciting 1½ hour program that walks you
 through the morning of Sept.9: 
(material from 2002 has excellent ideas)

Follow us through the next 60 days and plan your local or personal project to build awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder - Each One Can Reach One!

Need family support visit
Need ideas for adults living with challenges of FASD visit
Need information on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders visit
Interested in service dog for FASD visit

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