What’s the big deal about drinking
during pregnancy?To the editor,
By now most people have heard that it’s not a good idea for a woman to drink alcohol when she’s pregnant. Why is this such a big deal? Alcohol is one of the only substances with molecules small enough to pass into the brain—which means that the baby’s developing brain can be harmed any time that alcohol is there. A person can look like everyone else and talk really well but still have a brain that works very differently.
Alcohol during pregnancy can create a lifelong brain that:
• Can’t link cause and effect
• Forgets things
• Can’t read social cues
• Thinks like the brain of a younger person
• Can’t move information from one situation to another
• Lacks common sense
Sept. 9 is National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. Please—make sure that everyone in your life knows that there is no safe TIME, no safe TYPE and no safe AMOUNT of alcohol if a woman is pregnant or could get pregnant. Alcohol can hurt a baby’s brain even before a woman knows she’s pregnant, so: If you’re pregnant, don’t drink. If you drink, don’t get pregnant.
For more information please contact Laura Nagle, Kentucky’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Coordinator a Lmnagle@bluegrass.og or 859-624-3622.
PTO president overwhelmed by response
To the editor:
Estill Springs Elementary PTO held a road block on Friday evening to raise money to buy a headstone for Eric Cox, a student from our school who died in a car wreck in June. Not only did we collect enough to finish buying his headstone, we also collected enough to purchase an arrangement for his grave and a memorial plaque for him to place at Estill Springs. To everyone who so generously gave, thank you so much. We were overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion shown to us for Eric during our road block.
Vicki L. Horn
PTO President, Estill Springs Elementary