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Heroin Use and Pregnancy
How Does Heroin Use and Addiction Affect Pregnancy?
It doesn't matter what type of drug is used during pregnancy it can be dangerous. Abusing drugs like heroin increases a woman's risk of complications taking place during her pregnancy. When a mother uses heroin during pregnancy her unborn child is at risk of addiction, withdrawal symptoms, serious health problems, and death due to her use.
Serious Consequences Due to Heroin Use During Pregnancy
- Possible miscarriage
- Poor fetal growth
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight
- Developmental delays
- Breathing problems
- Hepatitis C
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Lifelong disabilities
Consequences also include serious health problems during newborn stage, the bag of water can rupture prematurely and result in premature birth or stillbirth and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Studies that have been done also suggest that the effects of substance use during pregnancy might not even show up until later in childhood. Some studies also suggest that children that are exposed to heroin before they're born have an increased risk of learning and behavioral problems also.