Thursday, January 16, 2014

Doing Heroin While Pregnant

What happens when a pregnant woman uses heroin? 
Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs you can do, when the mother does it and it crosses the placenta the baby can become dependent on the drug, as well as you. (Maybe even more dependent because it's all they know) 
How can heroin effect your baby? 
Using heroin during pregnancy increases the chance of premature birth, low birth weight, breathing difficulties, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), bleeding within the brain (inter cranial hemorrhage), and in some cases; Infant death. Sometimes the baby can be born addicted to the drug and have very serious withdrawals. Some of the withdrawal symptoms the baby can go through are; irritability, convulsions, diarrhea, fever, sleep abnormalities, and joint stiffness. Mothers that use needles to inject narcotics are more likely to get HIV, which gives you're baby the disease as well. 
What if you're addicted to heroin while pregnant? 
GET HELP !!!!!!! 
Treating a heroin addict can be a very difficult process, when a pregnant women is addicted, it can be even more difficult because the baby can now be addicted as well. When the baby is dependent in the womb they can still have withdrawals even before they are born. If a mother goes to their health care provider about their addiction they can prescribe the mother to methadone to ween them off the drug. This is something they give to the baby after they are born as well if they are having withdrawals. 

3 comments:

  1. This is really good, I didn't know that the baby will go through withdrawals in the womb !

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  2. Very nice job. I like how descriptive you were in writing it. I had no idea that they could go through the withdrawals in the womb, and it was very interesting to learn. Keep up the good work!

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  3. I love how you associated your senior project into your blog, I think these are good things to know if someone is pregnant or planning to be pregnant and has a drug problem. I honestly didn't know any of this information and your blogs are very interesting.

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