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Title: Sunshine Summit Lodge - How Drugs and Alcohol affect the Foetus


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How Drugs and Alcohol affect the Foetus
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  • Let me put it this way - when you abuse drugs or
    drink alcohol during pregnancy it is as if the
    unborn baby is also doing the same thing.

Research has proved that consumption of drugs and
alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects,
miscarriage, low birth-weight, premature labour
and even maternal death. Babies who are exposed
to alcohol and drugs while they are in the womb
also suffer from learning and behavioural
difficulties when they grow up.
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Effects of Drugs on a Foetus
  • Drug abuse during pregnancy puts the life of the
    child at high risk. The toxins generated in the
    body of the mother are passed on to the child via
    the umbilical cord. These toxins negatively
    impact the development of the foetus. Following
    are the effects of a couple of them

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Marijuana
  • Smoking marijuana while pregnant greatly reduces
    the supply of oxygen to the foetus. This is due
    to the increase in the level of carbon monoxide
    and carbon dioxide within the blood. As a result,
    the growth of the baby slowed and one of the
    first sign is slow weight gain. Usage of
    marijuana while pregnant has also been known to
    cause premature delivery. Additionally babies who
    were exposed to marijuana in the womb will face
    certain behavioural and learning
    difficulties. Mothers addicted to this drug
    should seek help from a rehabilitation centre
    like the Sunshine Summit Lodge.

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Cocaine
  • Cocaine makes its entry into the body of the
    child through the placenta. It remains a lot
    longer in the childs body than in the body of
    the mother. Usage of cocaine during pregnancy
    greatly increases the chances of miscarriage,
    bleeding from the vagina, birth defects and
    placental abortion. It also rises the chances of
    the baby becoming addicted to cocaine and will
    undergo withdrawal symptoms like sleeplessness,
    muscle spasms and reduced appetite. Additionally,
    there is also the high risk of SIDS or Sudden
    Infant Death Syndrome. As per Sunshine Summit
    Lodge, the child may also face learning
    difficulties and may develop defective brain and
    genitals.

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Effects of Alcohol on a Foetus
  • Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is a big no.
    Whether it is beer or wine or any other light
    alcohol drink, it should be strictly avoided.
    Absolutely no amount of alcohol is considered
    safe during pregnancy. This is because it gets
    into the blood and makes its way to the foetus
    through the placenta. And while the mother is
    able to effectively metabolize the alcohol, it
    stays in the blood of the child for a long time
    and greatly hampers the growth of the foetus.

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