Drug and pregnancy -  drugs, medicines, safe pills, used before and during pregnancy

If you take regular prescription medicine, you need to discuss this with your doctor as certain drugs can affect the baby in the womb.

If you are pregnant, you should not take street drugs as they are all potentially harmful to your baby. Some, like cocaine, can lead to birth abnormalities, others, such as heroin, methadone, amphetamines and marijuana, can effect the growth of your unborn baby so that it will be small.

There is also an increased risk of premature delivery, bleeding from the placenta and an increased risk of infant death. The baby may also suffer after delivery from drug withdrawal symptoms as these drugs cross into the baby's body while it is in the womb. The baby's later development in childhood can also be impaired.

Can a woman continue to take prescription medicines when trying to conceive?

Certain drugs or medicines can affect your chances of becoming pregnant or could harm the baby in the womb. Equally, you may require medication for your own continued good health. If you take a prescribed medicine on a regular basis, discuss this with your doctor at the pre-pregnancy planning stage.

In addition, there is a much higher rate of complications to the woman in pregnancy, such as anemia, infection (hepatitis B and C, hiv and septicemia - from infected needles) and thrombosis (blood clots).

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