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Is it necessary to quit using meth if I found out I was pregnant?

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Answered by

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At March 27, 2018
Reviewed AtJuly 26, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have secondary dysmenorrhea and have miscarried twice before finding out this time I was pregnant. I have been using meth now. I feel bad and think I am a horrible person. I want to wean off the drug, but part of me is wondering if I quit both times I found out, this time I still use but have cut my using in half, could that drug make me feel like the worst parent to walk the earth? Is it keeping my body from self-aborting?

Answered by Dr. Uzma Arqam

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

All these drugs such as cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine have their psychosocial side effect as well as harmful long-term effects on the body. They are just temporary anxiety relieving drugs, not only directly affect brain, bones, reproductive system, mental and physical health by accumulating in the body on long-term use, but also have withdrawal effects and pass via the mother's tissues to the baby and causes harmful effects on developing baby and even can cause long-term effects in the future. As you said, you already had previous two miscarriages and now in third-time pregnancy. You are still using meth, but have reduced its amount to half but still feeling anxious and stressed. Mostly, the baby gets affected at and starting 8 to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Organogenesis takes place in the early few weeks. So, the maximum effect is in these days.

Before having an idea or planning for a baby, try to quit these harmful drugs including alcohol, cocaine, meth, tobacco smoking, ketamine.etc. Before starting pregnancy, you should start Folic acid 0.4 mg if no other chronic illness and 5 mg if having chronic disease. In addition to quitting all the harmful drugs and habits, try to have an antenatal appointment as soon as possible, start Folic acid now and try to quit harmful drugs and habits. But sorry to say, baby could have side effects of meth if still you are using. Social welfare groups, counseling, and recreational activities would be helpful.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Uzma Arqam
Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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