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A 26-year-old male asked:

is it more harmful than good to stop doing things in last month of pregnancy that's been done whole time? ex..marijuana, pain killers, cigarettes etc.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Variable: There are risks to fetuses with all maternal substance abuse. It's best for the mother not to be using caffeine, nicotine, pain killers, marijuana, etc. If you or someone you know is pregnant and using, please encourage to talk honestly with OB doctor. The baby will need help if mother is using; withdrawal from some substances during late pregnancy is not wise. Case-by case assessment needed.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Define "harm": All these things can harm the baby and the effect is dose related.Some are worse than others.In my state, if your baby tests positive for drugs they are placed in foster care and the mother charged with child endangerment.Simple cigarette smoke decreases baby's size and after birth places them at higher risk of crib death.

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