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Alcohol & illegal drugs

baby hearts white 250If you drink alcohol during pregnancy it quickly reaches your baby through your bloodstream and across the placenta. Alcohol can damage the cells of a developing baby, increasing the risk of birth defects and life-long problems such as learning difficulties. It can also cause problems such as premature birth. Experts recommend that you play it safe and avoid alcohol altogether during pregnancy.1 

Illegal drugs also pass through the placenta to the baby. They can reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your baby. Drugs can affect your baby's development and increase the risk of birth defects and learning difficulties later on. They can also increase the risk of premature birth and low birth weight.2 If you took a drug before you knew you were pregnant on a one-off occasion, don't panic—it is unlikely to have affected your baby. But if drugs are a part of your life, it is important for the health of both you and your baby that you get the help and support you need. Talk to us and we can help you find the care you need.

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1  http://www.babycenter.com.au/a3542/alcohol-during-pregnancy
2   http://www.babycenter.com.au/a541318/illegal-drugs-in-pregnancy

 

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