Studies show that various drugs may result in miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and a variety of behavioral and cognitive problems in the child. A baby can also be born dependent on the drug if the mother uses it regularly—a condition called neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Drugs that may have adverse prenatal effects:
- prescription and over-the-counter drugs
For more information on the effects of using these drugs during pregnancy, see the Substance Use in Women Research Report.
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NIDA. (2017, March 23). Health Consequences of Drug Misuse. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/health-consequences-drug-misuse