When you are pregnant, you are not just “eating for two”, you are also breathing and drinking for two. As a result, it is very important to carefully consider what you give to your baby. If you smoke, use alcohol or take illegal drugs, so does your unborn baby.

Nearly 4% of pregnant women in the United States use illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and heroin. Many pregnant women who use illegal drugs also use alcohol and tobacco. All of these substances pose great risks to unborn babies. Additionally, illegal drugs may be prepared with impurities that can be harmful to a pregnancy.

Drug, alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy can result in:
* Babies born to small
* Babies born prematurely
* Babies having withdrawal symptoms
* Birth defects
* Babies with learning and behavioral problems

Finally, pregnant women who use illegal drugs may engage in other unhealthy behaviors that place their pregnancy at risk, such as having poor nutrition or developing sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s)
* information taken from March of Dimes

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