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Drug Abuse And Fertility
Women that are abusing drugs should not try to conceive a child. It is not safe under any circumstances for mother or baby to be taking drugs that are not approved by the doctor.
Drug Abuse And Pregnancy
There are many dangers to taking drugs during pregnancy. This includes illegal drugs, prescription drugs and over the counter medications. Unless the drug/medication that you are taking has been prescribed or approved by your healthcare provider, you should not take it. When women take drugs that are not approved, they increase the chances of delivering an unhealthy baby. If you suffer from a drug addiction, you should talk to your doctor about the problem. In no stage of pregnancy is any type of drug abuse considered safe. Taking drugs can cause your baby's heart, limbs, facial features, eyes and nervous system to form improperly. When a woman abuses drugs, she also increases her chances of having a miscarriage, stillbirth. premature delivery or low birth weight baby. If a woman has a drug addiction during her pregnancy, her baby can be born with a drug addiction and can suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can cause the baby to have tremors, muscle spasms, sucking difficulties, irritability and sleeplessness, vomiting, diarrhea and joint stiffness. If the mother has injected drugs into her body, she has put the baby at risk of contracting HIV or AIDS, syphilis and hepatitis.
When a pregnant mother takes cocaine, crack or methamphetamine (speed or ice) it causes blood vessels to tighten so that the heart beats faster and blood pressure rises. This adds stress on the baby's system and the baby's growth can be slowed. The risk of miscarriage, premature labor and possible bleeding are increased by using these drugs as well.
The use of heroine and other narcotics increases the danger of premature birth and can create problems such as low birth-weight, breathing difficulties, low blood sugar and bleeding within the baby's head.
When a pregnant mother abuses PCP, her baby will mostly likely show signs of intoxication for a few days after birth because it is passed through the placenta. Babies that are born addicted to PCP go through withdrawal. This can cause symptoms such as lethargy and tremors.
Marijuana is a common drug of choice and unfortunately, many people do not think it is as bad. Premature birth and low birth-weight babies are typical in women that use marijuana during pregnancy. Marijuana also affects the baby's ability to respond to visual stimulation and can cause developmental problems after birth. Babies that are exposed to marijuana in utero often have difficulty with visual perception, understanding language, decision-making, concentration and memory.
Even though most prescription drugs and over the counter medications are not considered drugs of abuse, they still pose threats to developing babies. Many medications have side effects that are harmful during pregnancy. All medications should be approved by a healthcare provider before being used.
NIDA estimates that about 5.5 percent, or 221,000 women, used an illicit drug at least
once during pregnancy, and thus 221,000 babies were born drug exposed. Cocaine was used
during pregnancy by 1.1 percent or 45,000 women.Note: This topic is for support from and for those who want information about drugs of abuse during pregnancy. This is not a pro-drug / anti-drug discussion, drugs are bad, period. Judging, hateful, preaching comments and comments that don't add anything to the subject are unwanted and may trigger deletion of your account without warning.
Comments: Drugs of Abuse
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1458 days ago.
I have been a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 10 years now and have taken care of babies who have been exposed and are addicted to drugs. They have stayed in our unit for weeks and months because they can not wean from methadone. They are unconsolable, rigid, have tremors, explosive diarrhea, and vomit. They scream like they are coming out of their skin. Think about how withdrawal feels, and remember they have no coping mechanisms. samanthajor86
1501 days ago.
I was just wondering if anyone out there is taking suboxone or subutex while pregnant? jerlin09
1556 days ago.
After about the tenth week, the fetus should grow rapidly in weight and size. At this stage, certain drugs may damage organs that are still developing, such as the eyes, as well as the nervous system. Continuing drug use also increases the risk of miscarriage and premature delivery. But the greatest danger drugs pose at this stage is their potential to interfere with normal growth. Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) is likely to result in a low-birthweight baby—a baby born too early, too small, or both. Low-birthweight babies require special care and run a much higher risk of severe health problems or even death.
1624 days ago.
I never did drink though...and I have to say after I quit I NEVER went back...don't even think the same way any more. autumn-may
1624 days ago.
jhaa021- I was a speed addict when I found out I was 3 months pregnant with my first...sad and unfortunate i live in a city where it was pushed on teens. I know I had a lot of people praying for me. I was able to quit(my body really wouln't have it any other way) before the second trimester...though i know during those first 3 months I did use less...my daughter is VERY bright. she is now seven and has absolutely no signs of anything being wrong with her. she is an excellent reader and gets nothing short of 100's in science...she has lots of friends and is learning problem solving strategies among peers at age level as well.
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. IT WAS JUST ONE TIME>>>KEEP IT THAT WAY :) amk1984
1654 days ago.
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1659 days ago.
I need a little advice! I found out that I am 7 weeks pregnant, however I am concerned because a week ago I took speed (kinda like meth i think), making me about 6 and a half weeks. Wasnt alot didnt even really have much of an effect, but I am worried it may have caused some sort of problem with this little bean! I havent touched anything since then, so what I'm getting at, should I have great concern? I have looked up heaps on the internet but there isnt really much about early pregnancy and one off accidents as such, its more aimed at continued use of drugs throughout a pregnancy which I am certainly not going to do. Any helpful thoughts or advice would be great Cindie
1861 days ago.
It's not good to take drugs during pregnancy. SOME can cause physical deformities, others like narcotics cause dependance and depressed breathing.
I took prescription pain meds for chronic back pain during my pregnancy. Norco and Oxycodone. I was under pain mgmt and high risk OBGYN. My son was born alright but that was because the dr's had decreased my doseages in the last weeks of pregnancy and I myself titered down and had not taken ANY meds for over 24hrs by the time he was born.
The best thing is to NOT take anything during pregnancy other than tylenol or maybe benadryl (for sleep)
it's bad and if you or your baby are tested at the time of birth and found to be positive for something not prescribed they may take the child into protective custody jaydenandlandon6507
1874 days ago.
im not sure if this is the right place to post this or not since im not an addict or anything but i have been on prescribtion pain pills through this entire pregnancy this is my 2nd pregnancy i didnt have any medical preoblems with my first son and i refused to take even tylenol but this one ive had so much pain my doctor has given me methadone,loratab,tramadol, etc, i take them several times a day every day they say the only thing it could do it cause the baby to be addicted when he comes out but im sooo scared it could do more than that.let me remind u,when i dont take them im in so much pain its unbarable.ill scream and cry until i take my medicine.does anyone have any information about this? ive tried lookin it up but it juss says stuff bout addiction after birth and all that.please help? teenybeenybabybopper
1888 days ago.
I cant say anything is good to do while pregnant... I used pot for a while during my first pregnancy and yes I had a stillborn baby of 30 weeks. Do I think it caused his death no. My reason for saying no is cause I have a friend who has abused meth frequently during two of her pregnancies and she has an amazing daughter and one on the way. I am pregnant with number two two months after loosing my son. I quit all use and that's just a personal preference. Its all your choice but if things go wrong you cant look at your self in guilt cause like I said this is your choice. I agree that pot is a selfish thing to do for your comfort instead of putting the baby first but can be EXTREMELY hard to quit I hope you ALL the best luck.
They said the cause to them would of been that the heart wasnt developing right or that the cord had something to do with it. I was in so much shock I refused autopsy and now ... wish I did just so it wasnt going to pass down again. PeaceLovePregnancy
1912 days ago.
i feel really bad posting this...i am 17 weeks pregnant and I still smoke cigs. I didn't smoke with my first kid, and now i feel really bad because i find that everytime i try to quit i am stressing so bad that i start shaking and crying. please help...and guilt trips don't help so i don't need those SilentAngel
1924 days ago.
Ok so my friend was prego and on meth/coke/reefer alll the time during her whole pregnancy and her baby was premie, but healthy. Even breathing on his own. I only smoke the good stuff, and yet I miscarried. Now I havnt been trying for another baby but I am prego again and have smoke for the first 3wks bc I didnt know I was pregnant. Gimme ur oppinions on the affects my actions might or might not have on my baby? titangoddess
1955 days ago.
NavyWifeTG is a fake name and person. This person used my information and photos to create his/her page. Do not listen to them! This person took alot of time to acquire photos and different things about me. They are also posting photos of children that are not mine because they could not find a photo of them online. Do not befriend this person because they are not who they say they are. Thanks for your time... mybabyismyheart
2040 days ago.
I've hit the bong/blunt from time to time in the past and may have even been a few days pregnant last time I smoked. Soon as I found out I was pregnant I told my OB and WIC consultant as well as other medical professionals in my life...because felt they would hold me accountable. Nothing like the threat of Child Protective Services to force you to make the right choice. While I personally don't believe pot is a bad thing and think it should be legalized I can't risk my baby's health for my own comfort...that's selfish and not what being a mother is about. My baby's father is a different story he wants to continue living as though nothing is about to change, and I have told him time and time again not to bring it or cigarettes around me. I think it's admirable that some of you are taking the steps to ensure nothing in your life is directly or indirectly contributing to something that can hurt you baby. As for the girls who've been lucky and had healthy babies despite indulging, your BABY got lucky, not you because until something happens to wake you up, the next baby is still at risk from your selfish habits. Yes I know I sound harsh, but it is what it is. Tess42
2202 days ago.
Tonysmommy, you have the perfect right not to be around someone who does drugs -- pregnant or not, in fact. I think it is wonderful that you and your mother are taking the step to inform yourselves on what you are up against with heroin addiction. I recommend Narc Anon. You seem to be a pretty smart lady, with a great deal of compassion for all of your family -- but your instincts to protect your child first are absolutely spot-on correct. It sounds like your mother is feeling defensive and overwhelmed about HER baby. Remind her, with gentle love, that your need to protect your child is not an indictment on her or a punishment. Mommyof3 had good advice, I think. You can continue to be supportive of your mother, who must be terribly frightened, but she will understand that you have to put her grandbaby first. Many prayers for all your family. TonynOllysMommy
2202 days ago.
Thank you all for your input! It made me feel better about my decision and being able to stick to it. My mom and I are planning to attend some AA meetings so she can gain some confidence in herself and hopefully gain some useful tools to help her deal with this. Today was Mothers Day and my sister didn't even join the family for our day together. It was a relief and also a disappointment. We are all hoping that with our support she will come around, hopefully sooner than later. MommyOf3But4ToBe (*PINK*)
2203 days ago.
Tony, i have never been in the situation, but have a thought for you... I fully understand you not wanting your baby around your sister, i would not allow it either... but if your parents want to see your little guy so bad, than JUST your parents can come to your place... that way, they can still see him, and you will be able to control the environment that is around him... i hope that this helps, and will pray that your sister gets help soon!! 4thonitsway
2204 days ago.
tony- keep with what your doing. no user will go get help until they truly want to. Ive done more than my fair share in my life and honestly heroin was one I was never willing to try, Ive seen what it does to ppl. If she continues that your hurting her by not letting your child around then point out shes hurting you by hurting herself. Make your mom watch TrainSpotting, its about being a heroin addict, and shell understand why your child doesnt need to be around your sister TonynOllysMommy
2204 days ago.
I didn't really know where else to post my question, so here it is...I have used drugs in the past, when I was a teen, I stopped a long time before I got pregnant with my son, so I am not a saint, nor do I claim to be. Now that we have that out...here goes the long part.
I am very, very close to my mother. I always have been. We hang out EVERY day. Well, the problem is, my younger sister, who is 19 lives at home still, with my mom and dad. We just found out she is using heroin.
My mother is not kicking her out, she is basically an enabler, but that is a whole other story.
My problem/question is this. I do not have the desire to be around my sister right now. She knows that we are all aware of her using heroin, I have made it clear I support her, and her being clean and going to treatment. I do not condone her using at all. I love her, she knows that too. I have made it clear I do not want to be around her at all, until she is willing to start cleaning up. (she is currently REFUSING to go to treatment, she 'likes to do the drug, so why stop' her exact words...) I have told my mother that I will not be coming over or letting my son be around my sister until she starts to clean up. This has pissed my mother off. I have explained to her that it is the only thing I feel is right right now. I don't know what will happen tomorrow, or the next day. But, for now, I don't want to be around my sister and I don't want my son around her either. My mom responds with 'well, it's not like she is going to hurt him, we are always around, she doesn't go all crazy'. My response is he is my life, and I am not a drug addict, so why should he have to be around anyone who is? How do we know what she is going to do? Look what she has already done to hurt us. I don't know what to do at this point. I don't want to hurt my parents but at the same time, this is MY child, my boyfriend feels the same way I do. I just want to be able to make my choices about my son without my mom taking it personally. She has already told me that it must be me lashing out to her and punishing her by not allowing my son to come over.
Does anyone have any insight or ideas? Please!??! Cherub
2236 days ago.
Im with you Andy21. People have the right to ask questions without people who think they 'know it all' jumping down their throats. Drealou why did you even bother to comment? Prettyblueeys that was just as rude.
Zillah Cain your baby will be fine with such a small amount... you did smell it, which mean you did inhale it, but you can be sure it would not have even registered in your own blood stream.
Well done on being such a loving and protective mother! andy21
2237 days ago.
Wow, I am really shocked to hear some of these responses. Some people are absolutely rude and really need to think before they speak. (especially the Mormon comment, totally uncalled for) It sounds to me like Zillah Cain is being a concerned mother for her unborn child. I also stay as far away as I possible can from anyone else smoking marijuana. You can get a contact high. So, it is obviously affecting you and gets into your system just from being around it. Ali*L
2266 days ago.
I just want to remind everyone that although we all have specific views on what is and isn't appropriate, this forum is about support and helping to gain knowledge from women that are in or have been in similiar circumstances. I hope no one would be so harsh and judgemental as to turn away someone who truly needs help and support. I would feel terrible if someone spoke out in need of guidance and I was so lost in preaching that I didn't help. Think about your words. prettyblueeyes
2266 days ago.
Yea that was a really naive question, can't blame her though she's from Utah probably a Mormon....LOL I personally wouldn't smoke pot during pregnancy but I know a girl who smoked every day with all 3 of her girls and all 3 are healthy, normal and actually ahead of others in their class. I'm not saying it's OK, I'm saying no one really knows what drug will do what to the baby. happyforest
2296 days ago.
ya that doesnt go together at all......of course there wont be any drugs in the babys system if they were OUTSIDE and walked past someone who was smoking pot. it wouldnt even get in the babys system if they were in the SAME ROOM....i think she must be trying to ask something else...... AndreaV
2296 days ago.
that is the stupidest question i have ever heard in my life.........