Concerns about Pregnancy

Methamphetamine is a drug that has many different names. It is also known as meth, crank, ice and speed. Meth can be used in a variety of ways: it can be smoked, inhaled, injected and snorted. The drug works by sending chemicals to the brain make people feel good, mimicking their natural reward system.

Meth acts as a stimulant on the body much like caffeine. This drug leads to an increased heart rate, a loss in appetite, anxiety, paranoia and dizziness. Overdoses of meth can also lead to death or – some might argue even worse – brain damage. Additionally, chronic meth users can suffer from many problems that casual users don’t suffer from such as rapid or rambling speech, dilated pupils, hallucinations, irritability or changes in mood and changes in heart rate and blood pressure.[1]

It is easy to become addicted to meth. The drugs are not only addictive to the woman, but also to her unborn child if she takes them while she is pregnant.

Birth Defects

One of the worst side effects of taking methamphetamines are the birth defects it can cause if taken during pregnancy. Because of these possible side effects on the unborn child, meth should not be taken while you are pregnant.

Research points to higher rates of premature delivery and placental abruption (the separation of the placental lining from the uterus).[2] Some other drug-related problems include things like premature births, miscarriages and problems with the child during its newborn period such as trouble eating, jitteriness and trouble sleeping. There is no safe level of methamphetamine use. Since this drug is an agent of drug abuse, it should be avoided especially during pregnancy. The baby’s brain is in development during the entire pregnancy; mental defects can arise if these drugs are used at any time during the pregnancy.

How Addiction During Pregnancy Affects The Birth

Babies who are exposed to methamphetamines are often born under-weight and prematurely.

Often these children have problems with many of their body’s systems, because they haven’t had time to fully develop. There is also the possibility for an increase in SIDS in children who are exposed to methamphetamines.

Babies Born Addicted

If a woman uses methamphetamines during pregnancy, their baby can show signs of going through withdrawal symptoms after birth. Some of these symptoms include having difficulty eating, being jittery and even having trouble sleeping.

Has it Hurt Your Baby?

The best thing to do if you are using methamphetamines and you are pregnant—or if you think you are pregnant—is to stop using them. If you are concerned, your doctor can offer options to check for birth defects. Once your baby is born, it is important to talk to a pediatrician about your history and seek treatment advice.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Methamphetamines also get into breast milk. This leads to meth inside the baby’s body. The best thing to do if you are breastfeeding—just as if you are pregnant—is to stop taking methamphetamines immediately.

Treatment at The Canyon

At the core of The Canyon’s treatment program is the goal to help you reconnect with your authentic life. The key to this is to develop a positive relationship with yourself. Both traditional and nontraditional drug treatments are used at The Canyon. We are hereto help you break free from your meth addiction and reclaim your life. You can do it, and we can help.

[1] Drug Addiction Symptoms.

[2] What are the risks of methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy?