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Effects Of Drugs: How It Affects Pregnant Women

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Many people consume drugs, and with each passing day, whether legal or illegal, many resort to substance abuse, it is increasingly on the rise. And with the difficulties already suffered by pregnant women, such as emotional and physical pain, many of them feel they have no other option but to use.

However, the risk of illegal drugs is already known to be enormous but there is a much greater risk of consuming anything at risk of becoming dependent during pregnancy. Therefore, consulting a doctor before taking any type of substance and adhering to the prescribed dose is essential.

The Effect Of Drugs During Pregnancy

We all know that our brains and body may be damaged by drugs. The damage that drugs can cause to a pregnant woman, however, can lead to dependence and can affect her baby. Most drugs can reach the baby through the placenta, which is the same route to reach the fetus as oxygen and nutrients. And stopping these drugs all of a sudden can cause your body to crash.

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

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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