WOMEN in Hartlepool are being urged not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy to help give their children the best possible start in life.
Members of the town’s Lifeline Project – a charity that works with individuals and their families affected by substance misuse – will be in the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre giving out key advice.
The event will take place between 9.30am and 4pm, on Tuesday, September 9, which is National Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Day.
Lifeline Project members will be taking the opportunity to warn people about the dangers of drinking alcohol in pregnancy, and that stopping drinking for nine months will help protect their baby from alcohol-related birth defects such as brain damage, learning difficulties, and behavioural problems.
Sharon Robson, the health improvement practitioner – drugs and alcohol – with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Children affected by FASD may show a variety of learning difficulties and behavioural problems. They may have damage to their brain and nervous system which may have been caused by their mother consuming alcohol when pregnant.
“Latest government guidance recommends women do not drink during pregnancy. For further information on FASD or family support please contact The Lifeline Project on (01429) 267595 or Sharon on (01429) 523783.