Detox During Pregnancy
A drug or alcohol addiction is hard enough on the user itself, but when a female addict becomes pregnant, it can be devastating on her unborn child. A child that is exposed to drugs or alcohol in utero can face lifelong challenges, birth defects, or even sudden death. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) stated that substance abuse can double or even triple the risk for stillbirth, depending on the substance abused.
There are many developmental consequences that come with substance abuse during pregnancy. Since most drugs can easily cross the placenta, unborn babies experience damage to their brain development, structure, and function. Babies will also experience alternations in neurodevelopmental trajectory, hormonal imbalance, low birth weight, placental abruption, or even miscarriage.
Fortunately, rates of alcohol use during pregnancy have decreased in the past 20 years, due to increased awareness and education regarding the effects of drug and alcohol use on the infant.
An expectant mother with drugs or alcohol in her system cannot provide her unborn child with all the nutrients for healthy development. When a woman is pregnant, she must pay close attention to what she puts into her body, as it will affect both her and her unborn baby. If an expectant mother attempts to quit her substance of choice by going “cold turkey” she could face withdrawal symptoms that are severely damaging and can be fatal to the baby. These include flu like symptoms, severe depression, delirium tremens, seizures, and increased blood pressure.
Your doctor may recommend a drug detox during pregnancy, in which case you can rely on the medical professionals at Detox of Delray – who will provide you with a safe, comfortable, individualizes detox program to get you and your baby on a healthy track.
What is detox?
A drug and alcohol detox is the process of removing the harmful chemicals and toxins from your body for good. The detox professionals at Detox of Delray will design an individualized detox plan based on your current physical condition, length of drug use, the method of use, and the type of drug you were using. With a medically monitored detox in South Florida, your withdrawal symptoms will be minimal and managed carefully.
Can you detox during pregnancy?
A medical detox is the safest method for an expectant mother to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy. Detox methods range from nonmedical to medical, outpatient and inpatient. Detox during pregnancy should be highly supervised by medical professionals who can manage the effects of withdrawal symptoms on the fetus.
Whether you are pregnant, or concerned about a pregnant loved one, contact Detox of Delray to discuss individualized detox programs to ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy.