Alcohol and Drugs

How Your Decisions Affect Your Pregnancy


You want your baby to be healthy, right?

So, you can't change what you have done up to now, but you can change the future, for you and your baby.

Smoking cigarettes can put your baby's development at risk. The fewer cigarettes you smoke, the better chances for a healthy baby. So, try to quit as soon as you can. And, by smoking during your pregnancy, there is a greater chance of complications, premature birth, low birth weight and stillbirth (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion May 25, 2004).

Heroin abuse can cause serious complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage and premature delivery. It can also increase a newborns risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) (Office of the President-National Drug Control Policy June 2003). Your baby could be born addicted to heroin and have to go through withdrawal after it is born.


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Studies show male children with persistent cocaine exposure have problems with central processing, motor skills, and handling abstract concepts (Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 2004).

When you drink alcohol, so does your unborn baby. Beer, liquor, wine and mixed drinks can harm your unborn baby. Alcohol may hurt the baby's body during development. It can cause groups of alcohol related birth defects called fetal alcohol syndrome. Babies with fetal alcohol syndrome could have low birth-weight, learning problems or a small face. Babies with fetal alcohol syndrome may have some or all of these birth defects. No one knows exactly how many drinks will cause fetal alcohol syndrome. Just don't drink.


How to keep yourself from falling.

Avoid temptation. Don't go to places where you know you will be tempted to use drugs, smoke or drink. Avoid people who will not support your decision. Make friends with people who believe in your ability to say no and will be supportive of a healthy lifestyle. Get professional help (see below) if you need to.

You can regain control of your decisions, with some help. We want to point you in the right direction; call us.

Before you make any permanent decision about your baby's future, consider all your options. Get the facts.

You can always call us (215-855-2424), or email us here.