Substance Use/Abuse in Pregnancy

During pregnancy, nearly everything you ingest passes from your blood to your baby. Many moms-to-be don’t realize that nicotine, alcohol and other drugs (legal or illegal) go straight to their unborn babies and can cause great harm. Use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, crack, speed, etc.) by a pregnant woman can cause birth defects and health issues, as well as learning and emotional problems in her baby. 

You should avoid all alcohol, recreational drugs, over-the-counter and nonprescription drugs (even ibuprofen). You should only take prescription drugs that are prescribed to you by a doctor who knows you are pregnant. Talk with your doctor or nurse for more information about the effects of smoking, drugs and alcohol on you and your baby. 

 

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