Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
from MOFAS

If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Why PR%F

We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.

Why Alliance?

We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.

What's Next?

Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.

Celebrating Your Pregnancy

celebrate an alcohol-free pregnancy

Celebrate an Alcohol-Free Pregnancy

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Proof Alliance encourages you to celebrate an alcohol-free pregnancy. Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects in the United States1; alcohol use during pregnancy can impact fetal development and cause irreversible birth defects and brain injury.2 Children with prenatal alcohol exposure are at risk of having fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD is not a diagnosis but rather an umbrella term describing the range of birth defects caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.3 FASD can be prevented by not drinking any alcohol – including wine, wine coolers, beer, mixed drinks/cocktails, or hard liquor – during pregnancy.4 If you want support to quit drinking, speak to your health care provider. You can learn more about support and treatment options here.

Because there is no known amount of alcohol that can be considered safe during pregnancy, it is advised by all major medical associations, including the World Health Organization5, the Centers for Disease Control6, the American Academy of Pediatrics7, and the U.S. Surgeon General8, that if a person is pregnant or could become pregnant, they should abstain from drinking alcohol.

Alcohol-Free Options

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant and are unsure if a drink contains alcohol, determine if it’s alcohol-free by reading the label or asking the host. If you cannot determine that the beverage is alcohol-free, consider choosing a drink that you know contains no alcohol instead. The safest choice you can make is not to drink any alcohol if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Instead, enjoy a refreshing and delicious alternative with alcohol-free mocktails.

You have the power to prevent FASD! When you don’t drink a drop, FASD stops.

Other steps you can take to have a healthier pregnancy include:

  • Talk with your health care provider. Discuss medications you take, vaccines you may need, and steps you can take to have a healthy pregnancy.
  • Do not use alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs. Speak with your health care provider if you would like more information about the resources in your community that provide support for alcohol-free pregnancies.
  • Take at least 400 mcg of folic acid each day. Folic acid is a B vitamin that can prevent major birth defects.9
  • Try to follow a healthy lifestyle, including eating nutritious foods, exercising appropriately, and getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night.10

What if I drank alcohol before I knew I was pregnant?

This is more common than one might think, as 40% of pregnancies in Minnesota are unplanned.11 If you’re able to, get regular prenatal check-ups and tell your health care provider you had alcohol during your pregnancy. Your health care provider should be able to address any questions or concerns you might have. You will also want to tell your child’s pediatrician that there was prenatal alcohol exposure so that they can monitor your child’s development for any abnormalities or concerns. In the meantime, the safest choice you can make is to stop drinking alcohol throughout the rest of your pregnancy. If you want additional support to help quit drinking, ask your health care provider about what resources and supports are available in your community.

Concerned about your alcohol use?

While avoiding alcohol during pregnancy may seem like a simple action to some, it is not always easy for everyone. This is especially true for those with an alcohol use disorder. Some people need extra help and support to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy. Learn more about support and treatment options.

Sources:

  1. Williams JF, Smith VC. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics. 2015;136(5):e1395-406.
  2. Burd L, Blair J, Dropps K. Prenatal alcohol exposure, blood alcohol concentrations and alcohol elimination rates for the mother, fetus and newborn. Journal of Perinatology. 2012;32(9):652-659.
  3. Noor S, Milligan ED. Lifelong Impacts of Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Neuroimmune Function. Frontiers in Immunology. 2018.
  4. Fitzpatrick JP, Pestell CF. Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology. 2017;3(1):38-52.
  5. World Health Organization. Counting the Costs of Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy. https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/95/5/17-030517/en/
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/alcohol-use.html
  7. American Academy of Pediatrics. AAP Says No Amount of Alcohol Should Be Considered Safe During Pregnancy. https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Says-No-Amount-of-Alcohol-Should-be-Considered-Safe-During-Pregnancy.aspx
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notice to Readers: Surgeon General’s Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5409a6.htm
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Folic Acid Helps Prevent Some Birth Defects. https://www.cdc.gov/features/folicacidbenefits/index.html
  10. Office on Women’s Health. Staying Healthy and Safe. https://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/youre-pregnant-now-what/staying-healthy-and-safe
  11. Guttmacher Institute. State Facts About Unintended Pregnancy: Minnesota. https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/factsheet/mn_17.pdf

Last updated: March 2019


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