Meth Abuse and Pregnancy

Babies can be born addicted to meth and have birth defects and low birth weight. Infants exposed to meth while in the womb can suffer irreversible brain damage and may result in prenatal complications, such as premature delivery and birth deformities. High doses of meth may cause a baby's blood pressure to rise rapidly, leading them to suffer strokes or brain hemorrhages before birth.

Full-term babies born to mothers who use methamphetamine will likely have difficulty sucking and swallowing, much like premature babies.

Meth use during pregnancy affects development of a baby's:

  • Brain
  • Spinal Cord
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
The effects of methamphetamine use on brain development may last for many years. School-aged children whose mothers used meth while pregnant are more likely to be hyperactive or to have attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities and unprovoked fits of anger.