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Drymester - Helping Parents-To-Be go Alcohol Free


Helping parents to be go alcohol free.

Whether you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant or know someone who is pregnant, it is important to remember that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can put your baby at risk.

Some of those risks include miscarriage, the baby being born early, a low birth weight and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

FASD is a preventable condition that the World Health Organisation reports affects 1 in 100 babies.

Symptoms of FASD can be physical as well as mental and can include damage to the brain, kidneys and limbs as well as low set ears and a flat philtrum (the vertical groove between the nose and top lip). Children with FASD can also demonstrate:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Poor impulse control
  • Problems in memory, attention or judgment
  • Problems in social understanding
  • This can lead to children being misdiagnosed as having autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

Supported by its Value Based Health Care team, Cwm Taf Morgannwg is the first health board in Wales to support the Drymester campaign, offering advice and guidance to pregnant women through a programme that has been rolled out across RCT, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend, which focuses on prevention, early intervention and awareness raising.

#Drymester is a campaign to inspire and support people to go alcohol free when pregnant or planning a pregnancy. There's lots of different advice out there. The message is simple and based on the facts – when it comes to alcohol, there's no safe time and no safe amount to drink during pregnancy.

The Drymester website has plenty of tips and advice to help you go alcohol free, including some delicious mocktail recipes.

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