Pregnancy is a blessing. An expectant mother is the nurturer and nourishes the new life within. The well being of the baby depends on mother’s own health and how she respect’s her own body. Experts emphasize on holistic care of the maternal body to give birth to a healthy baby. Besides food, every substance that the expectant mother consumes or applies leaves an imprint on the fetus.
This is why all medical practitioners raise a ‘red flag’ on non-prescribed chemical use during pregnancy. Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are definitely on the ‘No-Go’ of pregnancy.
Narcotics use and Pregnancy
As a community, Indian women are more conscious of narcotics and alcohol consumption as compared to the western population. But, in recent years there is a rising trend in the reported use of drugs amongst women living in urban cities of India as published in The International Journal of Indian Psychology, April-June 2017.
Medical practitioners are wary of this rising drug consumption trends amongst women because narcotics are addictive and if a drug abuser is pregnant, it is lethal for both mother and baby.
Side Effects of Drug Use on Pregnancy:
Cannabis, marijuana, cocaine, opioids, and painkillers are commonly reported drugs and may seem harmless to most pregnant women. These can conveniently pass through the umbilical cord compromising placental health and baby’s well-being upon delivery:
- Pre-term labour
- Low birth weight baby
- Small for gestational age babies
- Cognitive and motor development delays in baby
These are few of the expected ill-effects of drug abuse in pregnancy. Miscarriages and stillbirths are also reported on maternal narcotic consumption by medical experts.
Postnatal healthcare providers mention that babies of mothers with a record of drug abuse generally have feeding issues, are irritable and cranky, have growth deficiency and show signs of neurobehavioral problems (American Academy Of Pediatrics, 2012).
There are a few effective remedial plans to discourage long-term drug abusers in pregnancy and suggestive non-pharmacological treatment options.
We discourage the use of any drug, non-prescribed medication, supplement, pain reliever, fat burners, tobacco as well as alcohol during pregnancy. Social drinking, celebratory wine consumption or any peer pressure one-time smoke or drug use is absolutely frowned upon during all three trimesters of pregnancy as well as while lactation post delivery.
Our team compromises of counselors who can assist you during pregnancy for all stress as well as emotional concerns. Talk to them and enjoy a holistic pregnancy.