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Effects of Drugs: How it Affects Pregnant Women

Women And Drugs

Many people are consuming drugs, and it’s increasingly on the rise with every passing day, whether legal or illegal, many are resorting to the abuse of substances. And with the difficulties that pregnant women already face, such as emotional and physical pain, many of them feel like they are left with no other option but to use. However, the danger of illegal drugs is known to be huge already, but the risk of consuming anything with the risk of developing dependency during pregnancy is much bigger. That’s why it’s essential to consult a doctor before taking any type of substance and stick to the prescribed dose.

 

The Effect Of Drugs During Pregnancy

We all know that drugs may cause damage to our brains and body. However, the damage that drugs may do to a pregnant woman can lead to dependence and can impact her baby. Most drugs can reach the baby through the placenta, which is the same route that oxygen and nutrients take to reach the fetus. And suddenly stopping these drugs can cause your body to crash.  With enough research, the resources and ability to find treatment for the person who needs help in overcoming alcoholism and Drug Addiction is not as difficult or as far fetched as it may seem. That’s why one of the most important steps you can take is to inform your doctor about all kinds of drugs you’re using, including herbal substances. Only professional help can assist you with the process of regaining your health and taking care of your baby.

Drugs During Pregnancy

Consuming drugs without a prescription or taking a different dose than the recommended can have a negative effect on the baby such as congenital disabilities, stillbirth, miscarriages, premature delivery, and many more.

 

Here is a list of all the possible side effects:

  • Congenital disabilities: it’s a change in the shape or function of one part or more of the baby’s body.
  • Stillbirth: the death of the baby after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Miscarriages: the death of the baby inside the womb before the pregnancy period reaches 20 weeks.
  • Premature delivery: early delivery that happens before completing 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Low birth weight: when the baby’s birth weight is less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces.
  • Reduced head circumference: when the baby’s head is smaller than normal. 

 

And that’s not all that is at stake when a woman chooses to use illegal drugs while pregnant; it increases her risk of having blood, heart, or skin infections along with anemia, hepatitis, and infertility. Illegal substances lead to the addiction of the user, and such addiction might also be transferred to the fetus, causing your baby to have withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Mood fluctuation
  • Sleeping problems
  • Troubles feeding
  • Hyperactivity
  • Behavioral problems

 

A Better Life:

Having a baby is the start of a new life, new adventures, hobbies, and routines. And it’s your chance to make this new chapter of your life healthier and a better one. Quitting a drug habit is a tough journey with a brighter destination, and now that you have the right motivation, be sure that you can do it. Quitting drugs all of a sudden, whether prescribed or not, can lead to serious complications. So consulting your doctor or a health care provider is very important because that’s how you’ll be able to reach a healthier, drug-free life for you and your baby.

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