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Drug Abuse During Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant or planning to conceive it is extremely vital to not use drugs use during pregnancy. This applies not just for your life but also for health of your child. Illegal drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana pose harmful threat to foetal development. Also commonly used medicines, alcohol as well as caffeine can have damaging effects on an unborn child. There are a number of reasons why pregnant women or women who plan to conceive are advised against drug use and abuse.

Harm that drugs would have over your pregnancy includes:

  • Infertility.
  • Issues with the placenta. The placenta is extremely important as it supplies food and oxygen to your baby.
  • Preterm labour i.e. labour occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Miscarriage i.e. the untimely demise of the baby in the womb before 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Stillbirth i.e. the untimely demise of the baby in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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Harm that drugs would have over your baby includes:

  • Premature birth i.e. birth that occurs before completion of 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Low birth weight i.e. weight of the baby weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces.
  • Reduced head circumference i.e. head size that are smaller than normal.
  • Heart defects.
  • Birth defects.
  • Deformed limbs
  • Dental malformations
  • Impaired vision
  • Infections caused due to shared needles can cause Hepatitis C, AIDS, HIV and Zika. This ends up causing birth defects in the baby as well as affecting mothers.

  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a health condition that the baby suffers from causing drug addiction as well as withdrawal effects of the drugs to the baby.
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Foetal-Alcohol Syndrome or Foetal Alcohol Effect (FAE)
  • Difficulties with movement, speech and social skills
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Seizures
  • Intellectual disabilities.
  • Behavioural problems.

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Harm that drugs would have over your health includes:

  • Sudden bleeding
  • Issues with eating and sleeping
  • Affects your thinking and decision making abilities.
  • Anaemia
  • Blood infections
  • Heart infections
  • Skin infection
  • Hepatitis C, AIDS, HIV and Zika.
  • Issues with eating and sleeping
  • Difficulty in thinking and decision making.
  • Reproductive system abnormalities
  • Urinary system abnormalities

Refrain from using any kind of drugs unless under doctor’s supervision; be it prescription medication or illegal drugs both can cause lasting damage to you and your baby. If you have a drug or a substance use problem and want to conceive or are pregnant with your child seek immediate de-addiction treatment. Here at Cadabams we provide health care to both the mother and child. For drug addiction recovery, call us now on +919611194949.

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