Most drugs taken during pregnancy will reach the baby exactly what’s in illicit drugs such as cannabis, speed, ice, contain more than one type of drug and/or be mixed with other substances. This makes it hard to know what effect they may have on the pregnancy or the developing baby, but we know they increase the risk of complications for you and your baby.
Using more than one drug, as well as alcohol is another concern because the effects on the pregnancy or the baby are unknown. Regular use of some drugs, including cocaine, speed and heroin can also cause withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth.
The safest option for a pregnant woman is to not use any illicit drugs. People who inject illicit drugs or steroids can be at risk of catching viruses such as hepatitis C and hepatitis B. If you are using drugs, speak with your doctor or midwife as soon as possible to discuss your choices in pregnancy care.
These drugs not only hurt you but can cause major problems for your baby. Your baby may have problems learning to talk and problems learning at school. Have a yarn to your midwife, Aboriginal health worker or doctor, they can help you cut down safely. There are services that may be able to assist. (See ‘How do I know what’s safe and what isn’t?’ below).