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Is Cocaine Really Dangerous To Use During Pregnancy
Yes!: If you're using Cocaine while you're pregnant, then so is your baby. That means that the first thing your baby experiences after they are born is drug withdrawal. Not the best way to start off life. Besides that, your baby will likely be born smaller-than-normal and is more likely to have lots of health and behavioral problems later in life. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
Possibly, and more: Cocaine causes constriction (narrowing) of blood vessels, including those that carry oxygen and nutrients to the placenta and fetus. Damage to the fetal brain can be the result of lack of oxygen or bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces of the brain. Cocaine can impair body and brain growth in the fetus as well as cause high blood pressure and its complications in the mother. Get help, please. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Brain injury: As difficult as it is to say, Cocaine use in pregnancy as been studied extensively and has been shown to be "neurotoxic" -- that is, it can injure the developing fetal brain, even with one dose. Cocaine use also dramatically increases the chances of miscarriage and premature labor, as well as "placental abruption" -- premature placental separation, and potential hemorrhage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I am clean my last 3 months of the pregnancy off cocaine. Will the baby show positive for drugs when born and they test him?
If been clean off cocaine last 3 months of pregnancy. Is it mandatory to test the baby stool when born and will he show positive? Will they take him?
Neonatal addiction: Lots of loaded questions. They'll always do a urine test on you, due to your use. Many hospitals do these on all moms. If positive they'll do a urine & meconium on the baby. If the UDS is neg, some hospitals will do it, due to your history. As far as taking the baby, there are many other factors that go in to that decision, besides the drug screen. Each case is individual. Good luck, stay clean!!! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been regularly using cocaine and my period is 4 days late, but two pregnancy tests have came out negative. Could the cocaine have caused this?
Not sure: Whether you're asking about the late menstrual period, or the negative pregnancy tests. Cocaine use can disrupt menstrual cycles, at least in rhesus monkeys and rats. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9103482 Cocaine may also affect fertility, if you were trying to become pregnant. However, if you're using Cocaine regularly, your potential baby is lucky you're not pregnant. ...Read more
Foods: Anything you are allergic to of course, but most foods are relatively safe. The main thing is to stay aware from raw or improperly cooked food, improperly washed items and restrict your intake of high mercury containing fish (list of these available online). Look online for a healthy pregnancy diet to make good choices. ...Read more
1st trimester: Teratogens are always bad, no matter what trimester. But 1st trimester is where all critical developments are happening. Imagine a new house being built. 1st trimester is the foundation, which damaged means no house :(. ...Read more
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