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Drug Deaths Among Pregnant Women Hit a Record High

 “The number of pregnant women and new mothers dying from drug overdoses grew dramatically as the pandemic took hold, reaching a record high in 2020, a new study finds.  The research, published in JAMA, provides a stark look at how substance use disorder is harming pregnant people.”

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Maternal Alcohol Consumption and Risk of Postpartum Depression: A Meta-analysis of Cohort Studies


“Maternal alcohol consumption is significantly associated with the risk of developing postpartum depression. These results emphasize the necessity of… strengthening the prevention and intervention of maternal alcohol consumption to promote maternal mental health.”
- Public Health

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Spirits and the Holidays: Information from NIAAA

 NIAAA: The Truth About Holiday Spirits (prnewswire.com)

“Many of us look forward to celebrations during the holidays, yet it is also a time when some people are more likely to drink beyond their limits than at other times of the year. Some people will experience adverse consequences that range from fights to falls to traffic crashes.”

Proof Alliance NC would like to note that although this information from NIAAA is very important, and we agree with the recommendations listed in the article.  There is no mention of how important it is to avoid alcohol if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.  

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Fetal Brain Structure Changes When Mom Drinks During Pregnancy


 “Consumption of alcohol even in low to moderate amounts during pregnancy can change the baby's brain structure and delay brain development, according to a new MRI study being presented at RSNA’s 2022 Annual Meeting.”
- Applied Radiology

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Study: Less Than 1 Alcoholic Drink a Week in Pregnancy is Enough to Change the Fetal Brain

 “Having less than one alcoholic drink a week during pregnancy is enough to change the fetal brain in ways that can lead to problems… The findings suggest even occasional drinking can slow fetal brain development and alter the part of the brain that helps kids develop social skills, interpret sights and sounds, and understand language.”

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New AAP PediaLink course: FASD: Recognition and Management

A new AAP PediaLink course is a free educational course offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics, with support of a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Lauren Borchert, BS
NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program

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