Role of Fathers or Significant Others in
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The most effective way fathers or significant others can prevent FASD is by encouraging her not to drink. Men become fathers in the context of a relationship and can have a serious influence on maternal drinking. Several social risk factors associated with alcohol use during pregnancy are the responsibility of the women's husband or significant other.
Ways to Help
- Do not drink alcohol around her.
- Limit the amount of alcohol in the home.
- Take an active stand against drinking while pregnant.
- Encourage her abstinence from alcohol by avoiding social situations that involve drinking (bars, clubs, etc.).
- Have parents, family, or friends encourage her not to drink while pregnant.
- Provide information on the risks of FASD.
FAQs for Men
Can drinking by men cause FASD?
No. Alcohol can damage sperm and initial findings suggest male consumption of alcohol may cause learning disabilities, but it cannot cause FASD.
Is the fetusís health primarily the motherís responsibility?
No, fathers share an equal responsibility in ensuring fetal health.
Mothers are not the only ones who can prevent FASD. Family members, schools, health and social service organizations, and communities can also help prevent FASD through education and intervention.
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