Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy
If you are using drugs and/or alcohol, you can still choose adoption and make an adoption plan. It is very important for you to be upfront about your drug and/or alcohol use with your Adoption Counselor and doctors.
Adoption Choices of Arizona works with many expectant birth mothers who use drugs and/or alcohol. We are nonjudgmental, well experienced, and have plenty of resources to help you through this difficult time.
Some expectant mothers will feel uncomfortable disclosing to adoptive parents any drug or alcohol use during pregnancy. They worry that their ideal adoptive parents won’t want their baby if they know about drug or alcohol use. While it’s true that some adoptive parents may not be open to drug or alcohol use during pregnancy, many wouldn’t hesitate to adopt a baby with this exposure.
This is because adoptive parents receive a lot of education about drug and alcohol use. They understand the risks of this during pregnancy. While they might prefer that the baby wasn’t exposed to drugs or alcohol during pregnancy, it won’t make them change their minds about adopting.
If you have used drugs and/or alcohol and you are considering adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Arizona now by calling or texting 480-900-5520 or via our contact form and we will discuss your options at no obligation.
How Drug and Alcohol Use Can Effect Your Baby
You and your baby are connected by the placenta and umbilical cord. Nearly everything that enters your body will be shared with your baby. This means that any drug you use will also affect your baby. A fetus is very sensitive to drugs and can’t eliminate drugs as effectively as you can. Consequently, the chemicals can build up to extremely high levels in the baby’s system and may cause permanent damage.
The risks associated with drug use during pregnancy depend on various factors, including:
- the type of drug used
- the point at which the drug was used
- the number of times the drug was used
In general, however, using drugs during pregnancy can result in the following:
- small size
- low birth weight
- premature birth
- birth defects
- sudden infant death syndrome
- drug dependency in the baby
Here are some of the specific consequences of drug use during pregnancy:
- Low birth weight places an infant at a higher risk for illness, intellectual disability, and even death.
- Premature birth increases the risk of lung, eye, and learning problems in the infant.
- Birth defects that often occur due to drug use include seizure, stroke, and intellectual and learning disabilities.
- Fetuses can become dependent on the drug(s) the mother is using and may experience withdrawal symptoms after delivery.
Drug use during early pregnancy can affect the developing organs and limbs of the fetus. Even one episode of drug use during this period can affect the development of your child. In most cases, it results in a birth defect or miscarriage. Drug use later in pregnancy can affect the development of your baby’s central nervous system. After pregnancy, many drugs can pass through breast milk and harm the baby.
Using any type of illegal drug during pregnancy can have a detrimental effect on your child. Please read our information on the most commonly used drugs and how they can affect a developing baby: