When a pregnant woman uses drugs or alcohol during pregnancy, her baby uses it too. Substances in the mother’s bloodstream are carried to the developing baby. There is no safe amount of alcohol, marijuana, or drugs during pregnancy. Women who are planning a pregnancy should avoid their use entirely.
By not using alcohol during pregnancy, you will prevent your baby from the risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the serious learning and behavioral disorders that are associated with it.
By not using illegal drugs during pregnancy you will:
- Lower the risk of miscarriage
- Lower the risk of your baby being born too early
- Lower the risk of having an underweight baby
- Lower the risk of serious complications, which could result in the death of your baby, or even you.
There is NO safe amount of alcohol, marijuana, or drugs during pregnancy.
Find out more about the effects of using alcohol or drugs during pregnancy:
Use Only Provider Approved Medicines
It is important to check with your prenatal care provider before taking any medication, including any prescribed for you by other medical providers. It’s also important to discuss any over-the-counter medicines, supplements, or herbal remedies you are taking. Some products, even when promoted for good health, should be avoided during pregnancy.