If you are pregnant and have problems with drugs like meth then you should seek help from a drug treatment center. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco can harm your fetus and put your own health in jeopardy. If you want to give your baby a chance at life, then you should seek help.
Admitting that you have a problem is the first step. Not many people can fight an addiction on their own; there is nothing wrong with asking for help. As your fetus grows, the drugs that you take can cause a multitude of birth defects as well as causing your baby to be born addicted as well. Fetal alcohol syndrome is just one problem that a baby can face because the mother is addicted to alcohol.
The baby/child has a lifetime of problems which means that if you choose to keep and raise your baby, you will have a lifetime of problems as well. The risk of adverse effects on your baby is the greatest in the first several weeks of development when the major organs are developing. Your fetus' brain development however, will continue throughout your pregnancy as well as after you give birth. Your baby's brain can be affected if you use any drug or substance at all during any time of your pregnancy.
If you choose to breastfeed your baby, know that any alcohol that you drink doing this time will run freely through your milk and your baby will take it in. Drinking heavily while breast feeding should be avoided, if you are a social drinker and have an occasional drink, you should not nurse your baby for at least 2 hours for every drink that you consume. Alcohol in your breast milk that is ingested by your baby can sedate them as well as impair their motor skills. Prolactin secretion is increased by drinking both alcohol and non-alcohol beer.
If you smoke, you shouldn't breast feed. Smoking can make your baby colic as well as lowering your prolactin levels which means that you won't be able to breastfeed for as long.
Street drugs taken while breastfeeding can do immense harm to your baby and have adverse effects including death. Did you know that your baby can overdose from a toxic level of drugs that he or she has received through breast milk? Cocaine and marijuana as well as any street drug can slow down the motor development of your baby. If you are addicted to drugs, do you really want your baby to be addicted as well? Through your breast milk, your baby can take on your addiction as well. If you are addicted to any kind of drug you should not breastfeed.
If you have a drug or alcohol problem and are pregnant, you should tell your doctor immediately so that you can get the help that you and your baby need immediately.