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How Is Detox Handled if You Are Pregnant?

When a pregnant woman continues smoking, drinking, and using illicit drugs, or misusing prescription medications during her pregnancy, she is putting her baby at risk. During pregnancy, the placenta is very permeable, so the substances a pregnant woman takes can reach the fetus as well. In addition, the risk of stillbirth is increased by three times if a woman smokes cigarettes or marijuana during pregnancy. This estimate also includes prescription pain relievers, alcohol, and illegal drugs.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse: “5 percent of pregnant women use at least one addictive substance.” (NIDA)

How Is Detox Handled if You Are Pregnant?

Should A Pregnant Woman Detox?

Anyone addicted to drugs or alcohol must take getting clean and sober very seriously, especially if someone is pregnant. Medically-supervised detox for pregnant women is the safest way to help herself and the unborn baby. However, medically supervised detoxification for pregnant women will be slower as two live so keep healthy. The only way to detox if a woman is pregnant is with the help of a professional detox center that specializes in pregnant women’s detox. Evoke Wellness FL provides medically supervised detox services for pregnant women that ensure the safety of the child and the mother at all times.

Detox When You Are Pregnant?

When a woman is pregnant and needs help to get clean and sober, she will need four forms of professional support. The first is medical supervision by an OBGYN and medical doctors specializing in addiction to monitor her and her baby’s health closely. Second, the woman will need emotional support in the form of therapy and counseling. Pregnancy equates to varying hormones and body changes that will cause emotional ups and downs. Therapy and counseling will help the woman cope and aid her in her drug or alcohol use emotions. Third, depending on the drugs used, the newly recovering mom will also require medication-assisted treatments that are safe for her and her baby to prevent relapse. Last, the new mother will need education about parenting and family-centered support groups.

How Do Drugs and Alcohol Affect an Unborn Baby?

When a woman is addicted to drugs and or alcohol and is pregnant, she is responsible for her baby’s health, and drug addiction can thwart her maternal instincts. A woman may have already posed medical risks to her child before confirming her pregnancy. There are many health dangers associated with drug and alcohol use for a fetus, including:

  • Congenital disabilities
  • Having a premature baby
  • Underweight babies
  • Behavioral problems as the baby grow
  • Learning disabilities
  • Stillbirth
  • Neo Natal Abstinence Syndrome

Symptoms of drug withdrawal in a newborn can develop immediately or up to 14 days after birth (NIDA)

What is Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Neonatal abstinence syndrome is when the newborn undergoes its withdrawal symptoms, usually at birth. NIDA points out the dangers of this syndrome.

Regular use of some drugs can cause neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), in which the baby goes through withdrawal upon birth. Most research in this area has focused on the effects of opioids (prescription pain relievers or heroin). Data has also shown that using alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and caffeine during pregnancy may also cause the infant to show withdrawal symptoms at birth. The type and severity of an infant’s withdrawal symptoms depend on the drug(s) used, how long and how often the birth mother used. (NIDA)

Is Drug or Alcohol Detox Hard for A Pregnant Woman?

Depending on the degree of drug or alcohol dependency, a pregnant woman’s detox and withdrawal symptoms can take a long time and be more complicated since she is pregnant. As a general rule, the more dependent on a substance any person is, pregnant or not, the more severe the withdrawal symptoms. Thankfully there are safe and effective detox medications that medical doctors will prescribe to a pregnant woman to help her and her baby get through detox comfortably. Since each woman and fetus has different health needs, a pregnant woman must be admitted into a medically supervised detox.

Evoke Wellness In Florida Provides Medically Supervised Detox for Pregnant Women

Evoke Wellness FL provides safe medical detox services for pregnant women who need help from their addiction. Our medically supervised detox center is staffed with expert addiction specialists and medical doctors who will oversee the woman’s detox and OBGYN who will oversee her pregnancy and Detox. In addition, we provide behavioral therapy while in Detox to support the women’s state of mind and emotional health. Do not put your baby at risk; we can help you heal yourself and your baby safely. Call now for an immediate conversation with our clinical staff and be admitted in one day or less.

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We understand that the treatment process can be difficult at times. At Evoke Wellness Florida, we are committed to assisting you in making progress towards a new life free from the grips of addiction.

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