Dangers Of Using Drugs While Being Pregnant

By | February 19, 2019

Pregnant women know right from the start that it is important to be careful what you put into your body. That’s because you share everything with the baby growing inside of you. Illegal drugs are never safe for your baby.

Using drugs while pregnant can lead to miscarriages, low birth rate, premature labor, placental abruption, fetal death, and even your own death.

Here are some drugs not to take while pregnant and the effects they have:

– Marijuana

Using marijuana while pregnant is actually pretty popular these days. Message boards are promoting it online, and a lot of moms use it now. Marijuana crosses the placenta and reaches your baby. The smoke can affect how much oxygen your baby is getting.

This can cause carbon monoxide to build up in your blood and lead to carbon monoxide poisoning for your baby. It can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, developmental delays, and behavioral or learning issues later on.

– Cocaine

Cocaine crosses the placenta and enter your babies circulation and affect them. Cocaine will even stay longer in a baby’s body than in the mothers, which is bad because the baby can handle it even less.

Cocaine can really increase the risk of miscarriage, placental abruption, bleeding, and preterm birth. It can also cause fetal death. Congenital disability risks rise when cocaine is used throughout pregnancy and baby’s have more of a risk of being born dependent or addicted to cocaine.

Some issues that can affect a baby after birth include muscle spasms, tremors, sleeplessness, and eating problems. There can even be learning difficulties as they go.

– Heroin

The use of heroin while pregnant is very hazardous. Heroin can cross the placenta and pass its addictive properties to the baby. The baby can become dependent on the drug, and this can have adverse effects.

Heroin is known to increase the risk of miscarriage or preterm labor along with low birth weight, breathing difficulties, low blood sugar, bleeding in the brain, and even infant death. Babies born addicted to heroin can have withdrawal immediately and have symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms for newborns include convulsions, diarrhea, irritability, sleep problems, joint stiffness. If mothers inject heroin, this can lead to HIV as well.


Both PCP and LSD are hallucinogens. They can make those who use them act crazy or violent which can hurt them or their unborn child.  Using PCP while pregnant can cause low birth weight, brain damage, poor muscle control, and withdrawal.

Withdrawal symptoms for newborns include lethargy and tremors. LSD can cause congenital disabilities.

– Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine can cause the heart rate of the baby and mother to speed up which can be dangerous for both of them.

The problems of using methamphetamine are similar to cocaine when used in pregnancy. This means the baby receives less oxygen and can have a low birth weight. This can also cause miscarriage, preterm labor, and placental abruption.

Babies can also be born addicted to methamphetamine.