All addiction brings up the feelings of terror, frustration, and despair. One of the most gut wrenching scenarios of addiction/alcoholism is when it is coupled with pregnancy. There are so many problems that arise with a mother who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
Some of the risks that are possible:
- Premature delivery
- Low birth weight
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Congenital/Neurological Problems
- Addiction Issues for the child later in life
Many women who are pregnant do not get help. They don’t know where to turn and how to go about it. Pregnancy is an emotional time without addiction. Coupled with addiction, it can be unbearable. Some expecting mothers think that it is too late to get help. That they have already done too much damage. This is not true. No matter what stage you are in, you can and should get help from a professional. Many times you can put the brakes on the harmful withdrawals and potential side effects your child may have. You can help reduce any possible birth defects if you stop using today.