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If a pregnant woman abuses drugs, does it affect the fetus?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jack Hinkle
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Most assuredly it can.
There are many chemicals, drugs and environmental toxins that can cross the placenta and potentially harm the developing fetus.

In brief: Yes
Most assuredly it can.
There are many chemicals, drugs and environmental toxins that can cross the placenta and potentially harm the developing fetus.
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Most drugs, including both prescription and recreational, cross the placenta and affect the fetus.
In some cases the damage to the baby can be severe. It is best to avoid all drugs during pregnancy if at all possible.

In brief: Yes
Most drugs, including both prescription and recreational, cross the placenta and affect the fetus.
In some cases the damage to the baby can be severe. It is best to avoid all drugs during pregnancy if at all possible.
Dr. Theodore Cole
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes particularly stimulants like cocaine, and sedatives like benzodiazepines and barbituates.
Even smoking as it affects fetal growth and alcohol which causes fetal alcohol syndrome, the most common cause of preventable mental retardation.

In brief: Yes
Yes particularly stimulants like cocaine, and sedatives like benzodiazepines and barbituates.
Even smoking as it affects fetal growth and alcohol which causes fetal alcohol syndrome, the most common cause of preventable mental retardation.
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Absolutely! the fetus will experience many of the same things the mother experiences with drugs of abuse, including withdrawal, stimulation, depression, addiction, etc.
In addition, the fetus, because it is still developing, may also get developmental problems, including birth defects, mental retardation, growth retardation, etc. Don't do it; and if you do, seek the help of you doctor.

In brief: Yes
Absolutely! the fetus will experience many of the same things the mother experiences with drugs of abuse, including withdrawal, stimulation, depression, addiction, etc.
In addition, the fetus, because it is still developing, may also get developmental problems, including birth defects, mental retardation, growth retardation, etc. Don't do it; and if you do, seek the help of you doctor.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Kristi Moffat
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Most drugs cross the placenta and affect a growing fetus.
Some babies can be born addicted to drugs and will go through withdrawal they are born.

In brief: Yes
Most drugs cross the placenta and affect a growing fetus.
Some babies can be born addicted to drugs and will go through withdrawal they are born.
Dr. Kristi Moffat
Dr. Kristi Moffat
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