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Title: Pregnancy and Meth Use: What You Need to Know

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  • The use of methamphetamines is on the rise. In
    many states, this drug is behind only alcohol and
    marijuana in terms of usage, according to While it is dangerous for anyone
    to use meth, the dangers are even more
    significant for pregnant women.
  • There is a long list of complications and birth
    defects associated with meth use during
    pregnancyhighlighting the importance for
    expectant mothers to stay away from this
    dangerous drug.

  • Meth users often have a significantly lower body
    mass index than non-meth users, increasing the
    risk of certain pregnancy complications.
  • Placental blood flow can be reduced due to the
    use of meth.
  • Commonly, meth is used along with other
    substances, such as marijuana, alcohol, or
    prescription drugs. This creates a very dangerous
    situation for the mother.

  • Low birth weight is one of the common issues
    faced by a baby whose mother used meth during
  • There is a higher likelihood of a preterm birth,
    which places the baby at risk for various
    complications, including cardiac issues.
  • There is also potential for long-term
    developmental and health issues far beyond the
    infant stage.

  • Meth use offers a powerful high, which tends to
    be short in duration. Users will frequently take
    doses of meth in quick succession in an effort to
    maintain the high.
  • Meth use dramatically raises the level of
    dopamine in the brain, which is known as a
    feel-good chemical. The rush that is
    experienced by meth use is powerful enough that
    users seek it out again and again.
  • With repeated use, the meth user develops a
    tolerance and will need higher doses just in an
    attempt to achieve the same high.

  • It would be best to avoid meth use entirely
    during pregnancy, but it is still important to
    stop as soon as possible, even if some drug use
    has occurred after the pregnancy began.
  • Many women find that they suddenly have the urge
    to get clean and stop drug use once they realize
    that they are responsible for the child they will
    soon have.
  • Seeking professional treatment is advisable for
    meth users looking for assistance to get away
    from this drug.

  • It is difficult, but certainly not impossible, to
    quit using meth while pregnant.
  • While it may be embarrassing or difficult,
    speaking with a medical professional is an
    important first step in the process.
  • There are both inpatient and outpatient treatment
    options available for pregnant women who are
    addicted to meth.
  • Included in treatment may be things like
    counseling, support groups, cognitive behavioral
    therapy (CBT), and more.

  • There is no right or wrong answer to this
    question. The key is to find the right option for
    each individual.
  • Outpatient treatment offers the flexibility to
    keep up with commitments in day-to-day life.
  • Inpatient treatment allows the patient to focus
    fully on breaking the addiction to meth.

  • Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers
    offers a variety of drug and alcohol treatment
    options to patients in Pennsylvania and Florida.
    We are proud to offer care to pregnant women who
    are struggling with an addiction to
    methamphetamines. Contact us today to learn more
    about what we can offer at https//retreataddictio

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