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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Addicted and pregnant

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Being addicted while pregnant poses additional risks to the health of the user and to their unborn child. If you live in Orangeburg, South Carolina and are addicted and pregnant, please contact: The William J. McCord Center, or if you live in South Carolina, please see:  South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.

How Drugs Affect The Pregnant Woman:

Poor appetite
Trouble sleeping at night
Early (premature) labor
Hard to make decisions or plans
More chances of infections (transmitted through sex)
Water breaks too early
Not able to recognize or cope with normal changes during pregnancy
Sudden bleeding

How Drugs Affect The Unborn Baby:

Low weight at birth
Early delivery or miscarriage
Growth and development may be slow
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAE)
Mental retardation
Heart problems
Defects of the face and body

How Drugs Affect You and Your Baby After Delivery:

Withdrawal symptoms that may keep you or your baby in the hospital longer
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Greater chance of feeling depressed after having the baby
Trouble being a parent
Hard to make decisions or plans
Hard to cope with your new baby's needs (i.e. eating, sleeping, crying)
Hard to bond with your baby
Hard to hold a job

See: Online Support Groups. Another great source for family support is Narconon. Tomorrow is never easier than today, get help now. For family members that are looking for additional information on drug addiction, visit: The AddictedFamily
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