Cocaine & Pregnancy

Private Cocaine RehabCocaine use during pregnancy can have a seriously detrimental effect on an unborn child and the mother in numerous ways. Most vitally, its use can dramatically increase the chances of a miscarriage or premature labour by altering the biochemical balance of the child and mother, as well as through various psychology and cardio-respiratory effects. For example, cocaine has been proven to cause a reduction in appetite, which may cause the mother to cease taking in as much energy or nutrients as she needs to remain physically healthy.

The effects on the child itself have also been proven to be rather dire. Most children exposed to cocaine in-utero are two to three times more likely to be born at a much reduced birth weight, often as little as 5lbs. This can result in poor growth, increased chances of premature birth -- which causes additional health complications -- or a combination of both. Twenty times more likely to die, those that do survive will nevertheless be plagued by severe physical and mental defects, such as retardation, deafness, blindness and cerebral palsy. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) also has a greater chance of occurrence.

Cocaine use amongst mothers is currently endemic throughout the USA, to such an extent that by 1986 a survey found that 40% of 25-35 year olds have had some experience with cocaine, while hospitals found that around 20% of mothers have admitted to using the drug while expecting. In certain studies, women who have denied the drug will nevertheless be found to have had it within their systems after a urine screen -- one study found that as many as 26% were found positive even after denial.

Unfortunately cocaine is highly addictive and its use is exceedingly taxing to break off. Many users will place the acquisition of cocaine even above basic needs such as food, water or comfort. As such, most women who are addicted to cocaine won’t stop even after finding out the effects it could have on their children. Fortunately there numerous organisations and clinics that are dedicated to assisting people break free of those addictions through careful treatments, support and monitoring. Browse www.rehab-recovery.co.uk for a full look at one such cocaine rehabilitation advice service.

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