What if I experimented with LSD or PCP before I knew I was pregnant?
No conclusive studies have been done on one time use effects of these drugs on the fetus. It is best not to experiment if you are trying to get pregnant or think you may have a chance of being pregnant.
What happens when a pregnant woman takes speed?
Speed is an amphetamine, which causes the heart rate of the mother and baby to increase.
How can speed effect my unborn baby?
Taking speed during pregnancy can cause the baby to get less oxygen, which can lead to a small baby at birth. Speed can also increase the likelihood of premature labor and miscarriage.
What if I experimented with speed before I knew I was pregnant?
There have not been any significant studies done on the effect of one time use of speed during pregnancy. It is best not to experiment if you are trying to get pregnant or think you may have a chance of being pregnant.
Currently there is only one state, South Carolina, who holds prenatal substance abuse as a criminal act of child abuse and neglect. Other states have their own way of dealing with prenatal substance abuse:
You can get help from counseling, support groups and treatment programs. Popular groups include the 12 step program. Numbers that can help you locate a treatment center include:
Reprinted with permission from American Pregnancy Association