Pregnancy & Addiction
“Approximately 1 Baby Every Hour or 4-6 of Every 1,000 Hospital Births Is Born Addicted To Opioid Drugs”
Women addicted to opioids have better fetal outcomes when their addiction is treated. Journal of the American Medical Association; May 9, 2012
- Alcohol and drugs can damage a developing fetus and should not be used by women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. The use of alcohol and drugs during pregnancy can be life threatening to both the woman and the fetus.
- The damage caused by prenatal alcohol and substance use includes short and long physical, learning and neurobehavioral problems that may not be apparent for months or years after birth and may be irreversible.
- As little as one alcoholic drink per day can result in poorer spelling and reading abilities at age 6.
- Any regular alcohol use results in poorer age matched arithmetic test scores and the more used the worse the outcomes.
ARCH Addiction Psychiatrists Work With Your Obstetrician
Addiction Psychiatrists are trained medical specialists skilled at evaluating and treating complex Substance Use Disorders in women who are pregnant or trying to conceive;
Coordination of treatment with your Obstetrician and Addiction Psychiatrist decreases the risk of complications for mother:
- Spontaneous abortion;
- Premature labor;
- Higher rates of Emergency Caesarian Section.
Coordination of care reduces the risks to newborns of:
- Low birth weight;
- Birth defects;
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – Increased Irritability, Seizures And Breathing Problems;
- Fetal Alcohol syndrome;
- Prolonged stays in neonatal intensive care units and delayed discharge home.