Drug Addiction During Pregnancy
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Drug Addiction During Pregnancy

A healthy pregnancy gives a woman her best chance to have a healthy baby. When she is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the baby can suffer along with her. Learn more how drug addiction affects the mother and child, the basics of drug treatment, and how you or a woman you care about can get started with treatment right away.

The Risks Of Drug Addiction And Pregnancy

Fetal development happens all across the timeline of pregnancy. The first trimester is all about creating the main organ systems and bodily structure. The second trimester features a lot of growth and development. The final trimester is best known as the time for significant lung development.

Drug use can adversely affect the mother and baby in different ways depending how long the drug were used. Drug and alcohol use often affects a person’s appetite and overall healthy lifestyle. Nutrition will likely be poor, stress may not be managed well, and prenatal medical care may not even happen. These and other health risks can contribute to low birth weight, premature birth, and maternal bleeding.

Many drugs go across the placenta and directly affect the fetus. Babies born to mothers who drink heavily are often born with a set of birth defects called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) or Fetal Alcohol Effect (FAE). A baby born to a mother who has used drugs may go through withdrawal symptoms. This can cause irritability, feeding problems, pain, and other issues.

The Basics Of Drug Treatment

At the Orchid Recovery Center, you’ll find specialized drug treatment and alcohol rehab for women. That’s right, it’s tailored for the unique needs of a woman with addiction. The all-female staff maintains a professional but clearly feminine environment. You can learn to lean on a network of caring women as you recover from your addiction.

Traditional talk therapy will consist of group and individual counseling. Both play an important role in discovering the roots of your addiction and helping you move forward in recovery.

Group therapy is a powerful method of learning social skills, communication skills, and developing trust with others. Individual mental health counseling gives you the opportunity to share your most private issues in a one-on-one setting.

You’ll be given many opportunities to learn about stress management, good nutrition, the benefits of physical exercise, and teamwork. You can do this through therapies such as yoga, meditation, aerobic exercise, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, and even psychodrama. This myriad of activities enhances the benefits of the more traditional research-based talk therapy.

Get Treatment As Early As Possible

Bottom line? Get drug treatment as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the baby is born, or until you feel more energy, or anything else. Every precious minute of sobriety during your pregnancy will make a difference, both for you and for your baby.

Pregnancy can be a challenge, and going through drug treatment or alcohol rehab can be, too. But help is just a phone call away. You will find compassion and understanding at the Orchid Recovery Center. No judgment, just the help you need. Make the right decision for you and your family – start your recovery by calling us today.