Substance use

Mothers who stay alcohol and drug free during pregnancy give their children a better chance in life. Your baby depends on you for that chance.

It is not safe to drink or take drugs at any time while you are pregnant.

Tobacco

  • When you smoke tobacco or marijuana while you're pregnant, your baby can be born too soon and too small...and so sick your baby could die.
  • Smoking around your baby can make your baby very sick, sometimes for a life time.
  • Babies who have been exposed to the smoke of their mother and other family members can have serious health problems, such as asthma and ear infections.
  • Staying tobacco and marijuana free during and after pregnancy can give your baby a better chance in life.

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Alcohol

Any beer, wine, wine cooler or liquor is not safe to drink when you are pregnant or nursing. Drinking during pregnancy is the most common cause of mental retardation in children.

As few as one or two drinks a day during pregnancy can cause your baby to be born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Your baby can be born with:

  • Brain damage
  • Facial deformities
  • Heart problems

Meth and Other Drugs

It is not safe to take drugs at any time while you are pregnant. Using meth when you are pregnant can cause your baby to have a stroke or brain damage before it's born, be premature, have a low birthweight, or cause your baby to be born with birth defects. Your baby may have difficulty with gaining weight and is at risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Potential Lifelong Problems

  • Attention Disorders
  • Breathing problems
  • Behavioral problems
  • Trouble learning in school

If you're pregnant and need help staying tobacco and drug free, call babies First at 1-800-640-0333.

Prescription Drugs

Medication and Pregnancy (CDC)

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