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26 weeks pregnant, injecting and smoking meth

I am 26 weeks pregnant and have injecting and smoking meth my whole pregnancy. What are the chances my baby will survive? What could meth use do to my developing fetus? What could happen after my baby is born?
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5986700 tn?1380791380
Hey sweetie, I think you really need to see a doctor to help you out with this.  Without using meth myself, I'm pretty sure this is NOT a good thing.
Beside's whatever damage that may have happened already, I'm not sure it's a good idea to stop suddenly for fear of putting baby into w/d too.

I don't want to scare you, but......I kinda want to scare you!!  You need help.
please please please seek out someone near you and ask for support.  Being frightened about what may or may not happen to you is a moot point right now.  Bless you and your unborn child....I and others will certainly be sending prayers your way but you must to something proactive yourself at this time.

hope and hugs. xo
480448 tn?1426948538
You need to get help right away.  You need to be 100% honest with your OB about your usage.  Meth can and will cause VERY serious problems for the unborn baby, including brain damage, strokes, birth defects, etc.

http://www.stopmethaddiction.com/Meth_Babies.htm

This is an urgent matter.  Don't wait another day, get help now.  

Best of luck to you.
4113881 tn?1415850276
Methamphetamine Use Restricts Fetal Growth, Study Finds

Results show that newborns exposed to the drug were not born too soon – they were born too small. Methamphetamine appears to restrict the nutrient-rich flow of blood into the placenta, increasing the risk that the newborn will be “small for gestational age” – born full-term but below the 10th percentile for weight. Growth-restricted newborns in the study weighed less than 5 pounds.

The long-term effects of growth restriction can be serious. These children are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a collection of heart attack risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/09/060915205056.htm
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Children who had been exposed to methamphetamine while their mothers were pregnant were compared to those who had had no exposure. Meconium screening as well as mothers' self-reporting were used to determine whether methamphetamine was used during pregnancy in the exposed group, while in the comparison group mothers had a negative meconium screen and also self-reported no methamphetamine usage.

166 children who had been exposed to methamphetamine were compared to 164 with no exposure. An interviewer assed their behavior at the age of 3 years, and then again when they were 5, by examining a caregiver-reported Child Behavior checklist. The interviewer taught the caregivers how to complete the checklist.

The researchers found that the exposed children had a higher risk of developing some behavior problems. They factored out potential confounders, such as exposure to marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as a number of environmental risks.

Methamphetamine exposure was associated with a higher risk of emotional reactivity, anxiety and depression at ages 3 and 5 years. Externalizing and ADHD problems were considerably higher at age 5 among the exposed children, compared to the control group.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/243086.php
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http://www.mamasite.net/index.php?main_page=page&id=145&chapter=0
4113881 tn?1415850276
I posted those links to answer your question. "What are the chances my baby will survive? What could meth use do to my developing fetus?"

Dont think its too late to get help. Through my years of drug use, Ive known woman who smoked/IVed meth during pregnancy....got clean towards the end and delivered a healthy baby. Tell you doc and maybe try to get into a treatment program.

Good luck
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