5 Reasons to Stop Using Drugs While Pregnant

5 Reasons to Stop Using Drugs While PregnantIf you are pregnant, there is really no reason or excuse for you to continue taking illicit or prescription drugs like lorcet. You are putting yourself and your baby at risk, not to mention the potential jail time.

The Threat of Jail

Depending upon where you live, having a drug addiction while being pregnant can be considered a capital crime. For example, in Alabama pregnant women with a methamphetamines addiction are arrested under a unique interpretation of a state law. Alabama has made it illegal to have a child in a methamphetamines lab, for a variety of legitimate health concerns.

However, the Alabama state prosecutors have successfully made the case that a pregnant women’s body is the equivalent of a methamphetamines lab. Since according to these prosecutors an unborn child is in an illegal methamphetamines lab, the pregnant women struggling with a meth addiction are convicted of a capital crime and sent to jail.

Alabama is not the only state in which jail time is a risk for a pregnant woman struggling with an addiction to drugs like lorcet, and it is not always necessary for a prosecutor to be as creative with the regulations to incarcerate a woman.

The Pregnant Body Is Already in Flux

Moving beyond the threat of jail time or fines, pregnancy is already a unique time in a woman’s body physically speaking. Estrogen and progesterone hormone levels dramatically increase to facilitate the healthy development of an unborn child. Various other physical changes set the stages for a women’s body to be confused in a sense even without an addiction.

There is the obvious weight gain associated with a pregnancy, which can have an interesting unintended affect on an addiction. It will physically take more of a foreign substance to have the same effect as prior to the weight gain. If additional drugs are added in order to achieve the same high, then the damage already done to a body through addiction is compounded.

Premature Birth Is a Risk

Neonatal narcotic addiction has brought new light to the correlation between addiction and premature or underweight baby births. Nearly half of the babies included in this study were low birth weight or premature births. Premature babies have a long list of potential health problems that occur far more regularly than with normal weight babies include the following:

  • Breathing problems
  • Heart problems
  • Brain problems
  • Temperature control problems
  • Blood problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems

When a pregnant woman continues using drugs, she puts her unborn baby at greater risk for all of these.

The Baby Will Be Born Addicted

Many women seem to forget that all substances going into their bodies during pregnancy are shared with the unborn baby. This means the baby will develop an addiction before even being born. Worse yet, the unborn child gets a large portion of everything ingested. When an illicit drug is involved, this means the child gets most of the impact of the drug while still miniscule in size.

Many babies born addicted immediately begin going through withdrawals upon birth. Many times, medical professionals are able to nurse the baby back to health, but the damage has often already been done.

It Might Cost a Life

Drugs like lorcet kill men, women and children every year. The youngest and oldest among us are always at the greatest risk, due to physical strength, and this is especially true for an unborn child. This child will experience the pain of addiction and withdrawals if born and could die from the results of this trauma. The addiction could even cause the baby to overdose and die before being born. This is a real risk for any pregnant woman, which is on top of the risk already present for anyone suffering from an addiction.

Whether These Reasons Convince You or Not, Please Seek Help

Many people feel no sorrow for a pregnant addict. Incredibly unhelpful statements escape their mouths including the following:

  • You have to think of the baby.
  • You are worthless.
  • What are you thinking still taking drugs?
  • Pull yourself together!

The anger expressed in these statements is unhelpful, but also understates the pull of addiction in a person’s life. It is very unfortunate that so many people continue to believe addiction is a matter of self-control rather than a condition affecting the chemistry of the brain. It is not as simple as just waking up and deciding to stop taking drugs.

Withdrawals from many addictive substances can be dangerous. Symptoms range from suicidal thoughts to vomiting and nausea or blurry vision. Many individuals are not capable of undertaking withdrawals alone, and it may be dangerous to do so depending upon the specific addiction like to lorcet.

However, the five reasons given above should be enough to help you understand how big a risk you take for your baby and yourself when you choose not to stop taking drugs while your are pregnant. The cost of addiction is just too high.

If you are ready for a change, you don’t have to make it alone because there is support available. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admission counselors at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about your substance abuse. They can help you find your way. Please call now.