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Recovery During Pregnancy

It is pretty common knowledge that substance use during a woman’s pregnancy can be dangerous for the developing fetus and for the mother. This, however, does not make stopping the use of drugs and/or alcohol any easier. For some women, guilt may be involved. It is already extremely difficult for someone to choose recovery from a substance use disorder, but having the added pressure of trying to conceive or already having a baby on the way can feel insurmountable. Villa Tranquil Recovery isn’t here to shame you or make you feel guilty, we just want to educate you and help you make the best decisions you can. 

While a mother is pregnant with her future child, the use of drugs and/or alcohol can be harmful to both parties. The use of drugs during pregnancy can contribute to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS is a condition where a baby will have withdrawal symptoms from the drugs he or she is exposed to before birth. Alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS can lead to growth and development issues, behavioral issues, and communication issues. According to the March of Dimes, babies with FAS may have “distinct facial features, growth problems during pregnancy, after birth, or both, vision problems, hearing problems, or problems with the central nervous system, and later in life, problems in school and getting along with others.” March of Dimes also reports that “up to 1 in 20 children (about 5 percent) in the United States may have FAS.”

We’re Only as Sick as Our Secrets

There can be an extreme amount of stigma surrounding pregnant women and the use of drugs and/or alcohol. If you are struggling with substance use and are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, reach out for help. Try not to feel guilty or blame yourself. You deserve help; your baby deserves help, too. Try to build close relationships with a few people around you. This can help keep you accountable. Parenting classes can also be beneficial for you and your family. You can learn skills that you may not already have regarding caring for your future child. You will also gain insight into things you may not have previously known about your future child’s development. 

Once you deliver your baby, you may be feeling a plethora of emotions, ranging from joyous to those resembling depression. Post-partum depression is very real. If you are experiencing feelings of depression, reach out today. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it. 

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here for you. We want to help you through all stages of your pregnancy. You deserve a healthy pregnancy, and so does your child. We are here to help you. Reach out to us today at 214-799-3080