DRUG USE AND PREGNANCY
Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a harmful effect of drug addiction. Given the adverse nature of NAS and the many other harmful side effects of substance abuse, women who struggle with drug use should seek help as soon as possible.
Without much doubt, raising a healthy baby depends to some degree on both parents maintaining healthy lifestyles. When it comes to alcohol, new data suggests that BOTH the mother-to-be AND the father-to-be should abstain from alcohol in order to have a healthy baby.
I was surfing through U.S. News the other day when I came across a news story that really caught my eye. U.S. News posted an article titled, “Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Pregnant Women Abusing Drugs is Not Child Abuse.”Having worked in addiction treatment most of my adult life, this story hit close to home for me.
Some pregnant women continue to use drugs or drink during pregnancy because they can’t stop themselves. Others don’t yet know they are pregnant or have never been educated on the risks. Learn what risks a pregnant woman using opioids, marijuana, alcohol or other drugs is really taking.
Alcohol use during pregnancy damages millions of children and costs hundreds of billions of dollars but this harm is almost completely overlooked by the media and health organizations.
Though it is a grim and miserable topic to discuss, it’s time we had a serious conversation about substance abuse and pregnancy.
These are children who never reached out for a joint, a needle or a crack pipe. Their drugs came from a different source – their mothers’ blood, carried through the placenta and umbilical cord to the tiny, growing body.