11 doctors weighed in:

If a pregnant woman abuses drugs, does it affect the fetus?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Family Medicine
6 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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