Substance Abuse and Pregnancy: A Sobering Look at the Facts

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It’s common knowledge for most people that substance abuse during pregnancy can have devastating effects on an unborn fetus. The effects of tobacco alone can result in birth defects, premature birth and in worst cases miscarriage. Yet what are some of the effects of other substances?
With more people checking into drug and alcohol rehab centers today than ever before, particularly in major cities such as Santa Barbara, health care professionals across the nation are becoming increasingly concerned about the effects of substance abuse during pregnancy.
Alcohol, tobacco, stimulants, and depressants—these are all substances that are heavily and frequently abused today. Here’s a concrete look at the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on both a mother and her unborn child.
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