Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
All women want their babies to be born as healthy as possible. They also receive a lot of conflicting information about what they can and cannot do while pregnant. It can be overwhelming.
They may receive advise such as:
- “I smoked when I was pregnant and my baby is healthy.”
- “Don’t smoke; you’ll hurt the baby.”
- “It’s fine to drink some wine while pregnant.”
- “Don’t drink anything while pregnant.”
Who is right?
The truth is that everything a pregnant woman eats, drinks, smokes, or takes can affect the health of her unborn baby. If a woman is thinking of getting pregnant, or is pregnant, it is best if she can stop using these substances. If she cannot stop, it will be healthier for her baby if she can cut back the amount of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or drugs she is using.
When a pregnant woman smokes or is exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke, chemicals cross the placenta into the unborn baby. There can be complications to the fetus because the placenta does not filter out the chemicals produced by second-hand tobacco smoke.
To learn more about smoking and the Saskatchewan Tobacco Reduction Strategy, click on the Tobacco tab.
Alcohol and Pregnancy
When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, there is a chance her baby will be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Alcohol crosses the placenta to her baby. Because her baby is still developing, and cannot break down the alcohol as quickly as an adult, it stays in her baby much longer. This can cause lifelong neurological and physical disabilities for her baby.
To learn more about FASD and prevention, click on the FASD tab.
Also, check out the latest information and news from our FASD Prevention program with our new blog!