It’s important to remember that when you are pregnant, everything that goes into your body also goes into your baby. You want your child to have every opportunity to thrive and succeed in life. That includes making sure that he or she doesn’t start life with a disability related to your drug use. The following are five reasons to stop using drugs while pregnant.
Prenatal Drug Abuse Kills Babies
Drug and alcohol abuse greatly increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS.) There are no safe ways to get high while pregnant. While the specific risks vary from substance to substance, all intoxicating substances place tremendous stress on the cardiovascular and neurological systems of the developing fetus. In many cases this stress is simply too much.
Drugs Threaten Your Baby’s Developing Brain and Body
If your baby survives your drug use he or she will be at a significantly increased risk for a wide range of developmental disabilities that can affect the brain and vital organ systems. The following are just a few examples of the various risks associated with mind-altering substances:
Unborn babies are completely dependent upon their mothers for nutrition and hydration and many addicted women neglect these basics routinely. A low birth weight baby is more likely to succumb to infections and disease. Respiratory problems are also common. Babies that survive these disadvantages at birth are likely to experience serious health problems throughout their lives, including learning disabilities, immune deficiencies, asthma and more.
Addiction Compromises Your Abilities as a Parent
Substance abuse severely limits your ability to be a good parent. Addiction demands your full attention. As long as drugs like Ambien have control over your mind your number one priority will always be servicing that disease. Children depend on their parents for everything. They need you to provide for their physical and emotional needs. They need to know that you are there for them. They need to believe that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. If you don’t gain control over your addiction you will never be able to be the parent your children need or deserve.
Addiction also demands a large portion of your finances. Too many children go without adequate nutrition, medical care or education because Dad spends so much money on Ambien.
Parenthood is also an inherently stressful job and addicts do not usually manage stress very well. Many addicted parents find themselves physically or verbally abusing their kids. This is particularly heartbreaking for the children and the addicted parent who never imagined he could do such things.
Addicted Mothers Face Increased Poverty Risk
In addition to the money addicted moms spend on drugs and alcohol, chemical dependence severely limits a mother’s earning potential and value in the marketplace. Addicts are at more significant risk for long-term poverty. This compromises educational opportunities and healthcare. The children of addicts are also more likely to be malnourished even if they overeat. Poverty breeds suffering and suffering fuels addiction. It’s a vicious cycle that has become a trap for millions upon millions of addicted parents and their children.
Mom’s Drug Abuse Increases Stress and Anxiety
Managing an addiction is stressful. Babies, both newborn and in utero, respond to mom’s stress in unfortunate ways. A stressful environment can impact nutrition, sleep patterns and even growth rates. Addicted mothers also often have to resort to risky and illegal behavior in order to support their habit. Millions of young people are currently growing up separated from their imprisoned mothers due to addiction. This increases the likelihood that these young people will repeat the same destructive patterns that ensnared their parents.
24-Hour Addiction Recovery Helpline For Moms
If you are an expectant mother struggling with Ambien addiction please call our toll-free helpline right now. If you are considering getting pregnant but are wrestling with addiction please let us help you get control of your disease so that you can be the best mom possible. Children are an amazing blessing, and few things are as painful as seeing your struggles cause physical or emotional pain to you kids. There’s also nothing quite as painful as miscarriage due to drug abuse.
Our staff members are standing by any time of night or day, seven days a week, with free, confidential advice and help. We can connect you with the best treatment program for your specific needs. Even if you are currently pregnant and using we can help. Call right now for answers, suggestions, referrals, insurance help and no-strings-attached information. Your young one is counting on you for everything. Don’t let her down. Call now and let us help you find the support you need. You want to be the best mom you can be. Let us help you do that by helping you break free from the grip of substance abuse and addiction. There is hope. We can help you find it. Call now.