Women, babies at risk as ice makes an impact

THE explosion of ice usage on the Northern Rivers doesn't just negatively impact male users: women and their babies are also being treated for methamphetamine addiction.

The Northern Star reported on May 22 about Casino mother-of-three Mahayla Hogan who used ice during two of her pregnancies.

Brisbane's Mater Mother's Hospital advises women to quit all recreational drug use if they are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or breastfeeding.

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"The use of, and lifestyle surrounding amphetamine drug use can adversely affect your health and pregnancy and the health of your unborn baby," the hospital website says.

"Injecting drugs increases the risk of you contracting a bacterial infection which could cause you to have a serious heart or lung problem or contracting a viral infection which could be passed on to your baby or overdosing."

Babies born addicted to ice may need to stay in hospital longer to ensure they are feeding properly and gaining weight.

"Some babies exposed to maternal use of these drugs throughout pregnancy may experience problems after birth," the website says.

Ice use can also impact breast feeding.

"Amphetamine type stimulant drugs are thought to concentrate in breast milk," the website says.

"The long-term effects of this exposure are unknown."

 

Effects of ice on mothers and babies

Reduced blood flow caused by narrowing of the blood vessels, limiting oxygen and nutrient supply to your unborn baby and resulting in reduced growth and head circumference.

Genital bleeding conditions during pregnancy.

Behaviour and learning difficulties in children who were exposed in utero.

Other pregnancy complications including miscarriage and early labour; an increased risk of foetal abnormalities; altered foetal nervous system as the drug acts as a stressor to baby and alteration of (baby) brain structure and development.



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