Drug Detox While Pregnant
Discovering that you are pregnant while you have an active drug addiction can be very scary. You know that you need help quitting your drug abuse and you want to make the right choices for your health and the baby, but you don’t know where to turn. You may not even be sure if it is possible to drug detox while pregnant.
Be Honest With Your Doctor
The best thing you can do for both you and baby is to be very honest with your doctor about your drug use. The sooner you do this the quicker you can get the drugs out of your body and focus on preparing for when the baby arrives. During prenatal care your OB-GYN may make a recommendation for how to best address your drug use and which method of drug detox is the safest for you and the baby.
Drug Related Birth Defects
According to research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one out of 33 babies will be born with drug related birth defects or abnormalities as a result of the mother using drugs while pregnant. Birth abnormalities may include eye and facial abnormalities, low birth weight and under-developed organs. It is important to note that drug use is not limited to illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin, but also includes prescription drug abuse as well as over-the-counter drugs.
Medical Drug Detox while Pregnant
It may be that your doctor wants you to enter a medical drug detox facility to remove the chemical toxins that have accumulated from your drug abuse. There are many different options for medical drug detox and your doctor may suggest a preferred method for you and the baby. Depending on the severity of your drug abuse, it is likely that when you quit using drugs you will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. The medical drug detox that you choose will have a direct impact on the amount of withdrawal symptoms you experience and how comfortable you are throughout the drug detox process. For example most traditional hospital drug detox programs use an oral medication during the detox process. Oral medication takes longer to process in the body, during which time you will have to endure the withdrawal symptoms. A different approach to drug detox is an intravenous therapy medical detox. Medication is injected into an IV port and because the medication is placed directly into the blood stream, the effects are immediate. Ask your doctor to see if IV therapy medical drug detox is right for you. Gallus Detox Center can help you drug detox while pregnant. If you have questions about IV therapy medical drug detox or our facility, call us today at 855-338-6929.