Methamphetamine addiction and pregnancy is an incredibly dangerous and careless combination. Meth use causes anxiety, increased blood pressure and heart rate, exhaustion, poor judgment, poor personal hygiene, and mental disorders such as psychosis and depression. For an pregnant woman, these symptoms can be seriously harmful not only to herself but to her unborn child as well.
Whenever you use a substance during pregnancy, your baby is receiving the drug as well. Toxins from the drug will pass through your placenta and into the baby, potentially creating growth and birth defects in utero and painful withdrawal symptoms after birth. Other issues pregnant women with an addiction encounter are a decrease in appetite and an increase in exposure to dangerous people and environments. This can lead to poor nutrition, which directly affects the growth of your baby, and can put you in violent and dangerous situations that can be harmful.
Facts About Meth Use and Pregnancy
- Research from the University of Chicago reveals that the number of pregnant women seeking treatment for methamphetamine use tripled between 1994 and 2006.
- A 2005 study by the University of Toronto showed that taking just one dose of meth during pregnancy could have dire consequences for the baby.
- A 2001 study by the University of Chicago showed that males exposed to meth prenatally and who later take meth as adults are more likely to develop brain disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, than if their mother had never taken the drug.
- Women who use meth during pregnancy put their babies at greater risk for premature labor, miscarriage, congenital deformities and behavioral problems.
Meth Addiction and Pregnancy: Effects on the Fetus
- Increased heart rate
- Decreased levels of oxygen
- Birth defects, such as cleft palates
Meth Addiction and Pregnancy: Effects on Newborns
- Low birth weight
- Dependence on or addiction to methamphetamines
- Sleep problems
- Excessive crying
- Muscle spasms
- Feeding difficulties
- Extreme irritability
- Abnormal reflexes
- Mental and physical disabilities
- Decreased motor coordination and learning difficulties later in life
Breastfeeding is not recommended if a mother is using methamphetamine. Meth passes through the breastmilk to the child. The baby may have side effects such as insomnia, jitteriness, irritability, reduced weight gain, and poor sleep patterns. Meth also effects the production of breastmilk, since women who use meth often have poor eating habits and nutrition and may not drink enough water.
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