In 2013, 27,000 newborn babies were diagnosed with drug dependencies in the United States. While in the womb, a baby receives blood, oxygen, and nourishment from the mother. Because of this, whatever goes into the mother’s body has the potential to affect the unborn baby. Babies who are exposed to drugs, alcohol, or other harmful substances while in the womb could face health problems when they’re born. These health issues could also follow them throughout their entire lives. Some prescription medications can be harmful to babies in utero as well. Please check with your physician to make sure a prescription is okay to take while pregnant. Below are potential health issues babies may face if the mother was under the influence of a harmful substance while pregnant.

Higher risk of:
Seizures
Strokes
Illness
Intellectual disability
Death

The good news is that if you stop using alcohol and drugs early in your pregnancy, it’s less likely for it to affect your baby’s health. If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding and are using drugs or alcohol, please seek help to stop. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a toll free, 24/7 hotline. They are able to provide help for mothers and families facing substance abuse or mental health issues.

At Clarity, we want to come alongside those expectant mothers who find themselves in difficult circumstances. We understand that your options may seem uncertain, but we are here to help. We want to encourage you and help you see that there is hope for you and your baby. Please feel free to call or visit any of our seven centers.

http://claritycares.org/locations/

Our staff and volunteers are hear to listen and lend guidance for the situation you may be facing.

If you feel you are unable to parent your baby, we can refer you to one of several wonderful adoption agencies. There are many families who would love to adopt your baby, even if he or she is born with special needs or birth defects. Clarity can also assist you with material goods if you decide to parent. We are here to walk alongside you, wherever your path may lead.