Drugs, alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix! Even in small amounts drugs and alcohol are extremely harmful to your developing fetus. The best scenario is to quit ‘before’ you get pregnant and the next best time is right now, so you don’t jeopardize the health of your baby. Women who are substance abusers during pregnancy are more often involved in accidents, more likely to overdose and to acquire certain diseases. If you don’t respect yourself that’s one thing, but if you are knowingly harming your unborn child you are not fit to be a mother.
How do drugs affect your fetus? Your baby is a part of you and a taste of whatever goes into your body, travels from the placenta and through the umbilical cord to your baby. The result is every drug you use your baby will unwilling use to. A fetus can’t process the dangerous chemicals as affectively as you, hence the baby will likely suffer permanent damage. Delayed development is common and in severe cases death can occur. You can choose not to do this to your child.
What are the risks of drug use during pregnancy? The risks are dependent on what drugs you are using, how much, how often and how long you’ve been using. In general drug use causes stillbirth, low birth weight, drug addicted babies, miscarriage, small size and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). As with drugs, drinking alcohol is also very dangerous when consumed during pregnancy.
How does alcohol affect your pregnancy? Drinking excessive alcohol during pregnancy can cause abnormal fetal development and FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). FAS is a congenital syndrome with delayed fetal growth, dysfunction of the central nervous system and facial abnormalities. There is no ‘safe’ level of drinking during pregnancy. Abstaining from drinking is the best choice for both you and your baby.
Bottom line is the effects of drugs and alcohol on a developing fetus are deadly. There are no ‘safe’ levels of either and the best option is to have a zero tolerance policy for both. Your baby deserves to have the best start in life and you have the power to give that to them. Eat well, stay fit and stay away from any kind of drug while pregnant, because it’s the right thing to do.