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New Study Outlines Drug Abuse and Alcoholism in Pregnant Women

pregnantMedical doctors have always recommended abstinence from drug and alcohol use during pregnancy, except for medically prescribed substances recommended during the pregnancy.  Prior studies into the relationship between substance abuse and instances of stillbirth mainly relied on the pregnant woman’s self-reporting, but new research has based its more precise findings on actual measurements of drug chemicals found in umbilical cords.  Research funded by the National Institutes of Health has indicated that smoking tobacco or marijuana, taking prescription medications, or using any illegal drugs during pregnancy can lead to complications, including damage to the fetus and an increased risk of stillbirth. Continue reading