Drug abuse in pregnancy is something that isn’t talked about very often. It’s a subject that many shy away from and is rarely discussed. Mothers to be who take drugs during pregnancy often keep a secret, scared of the judgement and possible involvement of outside agencies in their pregnancy. They may feel ashamed that they have been unable to give up drugs even though they are pregnant and maybe reticent to ask for help.
Because there are so few mothers who admit to using drugs during pregnancy and the ethical impossibility of researching such a subject, there is very little known about the effects of drug use in pregnancy. Therefore, if you are trying for a baby or would like to become pregnant then it’s best to stop taking drugs straight away. If you have taken drugs and then find out that you are expecting a child, the likelihood is that you and your unborn baby should be okay, but you should seek advice from your doctor or midwife. It is not worth the risk and anybody who has difficulty giving up drugs especially in pregnancy should seek help straight away.
So what is actually known about drug use in pregnancy?
There may not be very much information available about the effect of drugs in pregnancy but there is evidence that taking drugs during this time can have a negative effect on both the mother and the unborn child. Drugs of the mothers had streamed travel across the centre directly into the baby’s system. The unborn child has no filtering system of its own so is subjected to the dangerous effects of whatever drugs the mother has taken. Drug use in pregnancy increases the chance of miscarriage or stillbirth. Babies who have been exposed to drugs in the room are more likely to be born prematurely, have low birth weights and may even be porn addicted to drugs. This means as soon as they are born these defenceless little infants start to go through withdrawal as their tiny bodies tried to adapt to no longer having drugs in their system. This can result in a lengthy stay in a special care unit after birth which can be distressing for both the parents and child.
What drugs are commonly taken during pregnancy?
Probably the most widely used drug in pregnancy is cannabis. Smoking cannabis during pregnancy poses the same risks as smoking tobacco, such as low birthweight, prematurity and respiratory problems for the unborn child. Cannabis is also thought to affect brain and nervous system development in the womb and may cause problems with learning development as the child grows older.
Taking Class A drugs such as cocaine or heroin in pregnancy is exceptionally dangerous. These drugs can cause placental abruption, meaning that the placenta comes away from the womb which can be fatal for both mother and child. Withdrawal from drugs such as these, whether pregnant or not -should always be undertaken with supervision from a health professional colour and do try and say anything detoxing from these substances can cause many dangerous complications to health.
If you or someone you know needs help with taking drugs during pregnancy then you really must speak to a health professional straight away. They are not there to criticise or judge, they’re there to help you have the safest pregnancy possible.
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