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Drug use during pregnancy has many impacts on the baby’s and mother’s health. Prenatal drug use affects a child’s development during his or her life. When exposed to in utero drug use the baby tends to have a lower birth weight, preterm birth, and intrauterine growth restrictions compared to a baby not exposed to drugs. The number of infants being born with withdrawal to drugs is increasing. This is an important problem because the number of fetuses exposed in utero to drugs is increasing. Research shows that exposure does pose a risk to the fetus and birth outcomes. Finding and implementing interventions to support expecting mothers struggling with drug use is a challenge for medical professionals.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Substance Abuse and Addiction
Edwards , K., Borges , L. M., & Schoenherr , C. J. (2020). In Utero Drug Exposure Impact on Infant Health. .