How are drugs bad for your baby?

  • Using drugs while pregnant can be bad for the fetus. This includes both legal and street drugs.
  • Cocaine and meth use make the risk of miscarriage higher. There is also a higher risk of the baby having brain damage or other birth defects.
  • Smoking pot while pregnant can lead to learning delays in the child. It may also cause the baby to go through withdrawal symptoms after being born.
  • Aspirin and ibuprofen should not be taken during the last three months of pregnancy.
  • When taking over the counter meds, always read the label to see if they are safe for pregnant women. If you are not sure, ask your provider.
  • Alcohol and cigarettes are also bad for your baby, leading to heart problems and low birth weights.
  • Make sure you review all your prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as vitamins and supplements with your provider to make sure they are safe for your baby.

If you are having problems with any of the above, please talk to your doctor. You can also call ValueOptions at 1-877-813-5706 for help.