klonopin and xanax all have the increased risk of spina bifida or other neural tube defects if taken in the 1st trimester (my dentist prescribed me valium which is in a very similar if not the same drug family and I read the warnings first so I didn't take it)
lortab is alright only if the dr writing the prescription knows she's pregnant. any med comes with risks and it's all about balancing the good and the bad risks.
X is horrible because it raises the body temp and if mom's temp gets too high then the baby can have all sorts of problems (kindof how a temp of 108 in an adult would cause death or severe brain damage... same thing for the baby but that can happen at even lower temps around 103 or 104 I think)
And you never know- Maybe shes doing all these things in hopes to have a miscarriage. Not realizing that she may instead end up with a very sick child.
Its actually the worst time to be doing thinfs like that. The 1st trimester is the most important time for a baby to develop. Its so important for her to stay away from a boat load of things ESPECIALLY drugs. It could really hurt the baby's development.
that is SO not true, now is the most CRUCIAL point in development of the baby. Your friend is, well to put it bluntly, stupid. Someone needs to put some sense into that head of hers. Do some research on the internet on the affects of those drugs in the different trimesters of pregnancy, print them out and give them to her.
there is always that chance her baby will have some serious medical issues. she needs to get clean and STAY clean. if she wants a healthy baby she needs to stop what she's doing now. not tomorrow or next week. now.
like some of the other ladies i NEVER took any drugs nor did i drink ANY alcohol during my pregnancy. i was too afraid of hurting my boys. tell her to talk to her ob/gyn ASAP! she should be picking up the phone and calling him/her right now!
I want to stress what I only briefly mentioned...I am not saying her baby will absolutely for sure have problems, but like worrieddd said, it's a very dangerous game she's playing and the odds aren't great. sure babies of crack-addicted mothers HAVE come out fine, but I wouldn't gamble on my baby's health personally.
I have to say, point-blank, that xanax and alcohol are both SERIOUSLY dangerous for a baby (ESPECIALLY in the first 12 weeks!). Xanax is linked to several serious birth defects, and alcohol is obviously linked with several problems, including mental retardation and FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome). The first 12 weeks are actually the MOST important for development, and the time during which drugs and drinking do the MOST harm. I don't know about Ecstasy but I believe that it can cause serious mental retardation in fetuses from what I remember learning in high school.
she needs to get help now. not tomorrow or next week. NOW. if she does not get help soon she may very well end up with a deformed baby with a lot of serious mental defects or worse. I don't mean to sound so urgent, but she has got to not continue one more pill or drink.
In order to make the right decision, she has got to clean up NOW with some medical professional help... she needs counseling to make sure she doesn't slip. Her baby MAY not have problems, and I can't give you any statistic saying "if she gets sober now the baby will be fine" OR "if she gets sober now the baby will still have problems" because unfortunately no one can tell you for sure.... but she needs an ultrasound at least to look at the baby and make sure the growth is progressing normally. But none of this will matter if she doesn't get clean now and stay clean :(
Tell her to get help, or when she delivers a drug-affected baby showing signs of FAS, she will have the child taken away from her. I am soooo sorry if I sound rude or harsh and I don't think that any of this reflects on you; we all have friends/loved ones that make horrible choices...now the only thing you can do is tell her that she has GOT to do the right thing. You say she's "trying" to remain sober...but unfortunately with pregnancy that's not enough, she needs to get help and ACTUALLY STAY sober. Good luck sweetie, I hope this all turns out well!
i agree, the first trimester is the most crucial and it is the point in which alcohol and drugs have the most affect on the fetus. thats not to say, by any means, that she can pick these things back up when she is in her second or third. all stages of pregnancy are fragile. with that said there's a lot of different birth defects that can be caused by doing these drugs, however im not sure whhat those are. i would research the specific drugs and try to find something. with that said there are a lot of women that go on to have healthy babies. i know of one that was a crack addict and did it her whole pregnancy and went on to have a perfect baby. but this is a dangerous game to play and you need to help her understand that whatever decisions she makes have great potential to affect her child's whole life and future. her 20 week ultrasound should help to rule out SOME but not all, birth defects. she could also get a quad test (just a blood test) to rule out spina bifida and down syndrome. hopefully these tests can help to put her mind at ease if she is at all worried about it.
I would hope the bbay would be OK but the early part is when the brain and things are developing the most and those drugs and drinking can very well have hurt the baby in many ways. I am sorry to say but it sounds like she needs to be in a treatment facility and also address why she does these things to cope with things or have fun. I also think that you need to talk to her very seriously and stand beside her for support to help her quit.
With saying that it sounds like you are not doing these things and the type of life style she has is different then yours. If she does nto stop I would get away from the people she is around doing these things and not be around her when she is high at all as that is not a good situation for you or your baby to be in when it is born.
She will only make different chioces if she decided to change and she finally feels she is better then that and can make a good life for her baby. You can not change her! You can only support her but remember that is not being around her when she is on them or if she continues to be on them. if she comes to you after doing those things she just wants pity and to hear she is not a bad person but it will only enable her.
Please take a step back and see where you stand in the situation with your pregnancy and seperate yourself in a way that it will notstress you. I know that it will be hard being her friend but just take the healthy way in this. I wish you both the best of luck and I pray she get the help and support she needs to break this and get better.
I have not taken drugs or consumed alcohol while pregnant. She has a chance to make a healthy baby but she needs to QUIT it all now. She is at a high risk of harming baby at any stage of her pregnancy and I would think that in the beginning it would be worse to take these drugs as there is so much development going on. Taking drugs and drinking can cause miscarriage and long term effect to the baby - serious ones too. I would highly recommend she see someone to help her with her addiction. This is very serious and I hope she can find a way to make better choices for the sake of this child. Good luck!