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What Do You Know About Taking Drugs and Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy?

Smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illegal drugs can have serious consequences for a pregnant woman and her baby. Knowing what these dangers are, and how to avoid them, can help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. To assess how much you know about using drugs during pregnancy, try your hand at this quiz.

1. Pregnant women who smoke are less likely to have miscarriages and deliver low-birthweight infants.
2. Studies have shown that infants of women who smoke have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and of developing asthma.
3. Smoking after your baby is born won't harm the child.
4. It's safe to drink alcohol during pregnancy as long as you don't drink a lot or every day.
5. A woman who drinks alcohol while pregnant puts her baby at risk for physical or behavioral problems.
6. Aspirin and ibuprofen are not safe to take while pregnant.
7. Babies born to women who used narcotics while they were pregnant can have withdrawal symptoms.
8. Women who inject drugs intravenously while pregnant risk becoming infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV, which can be passed on to their babies.
9. Babies born to women who used heroin during pregnancy can have mental and behavioral problems, low-birth weight, and an addiction to the drug.
10. It's safe for a pregnant woman to take tranquilizers, sleeping pills, or amphetamines.
Online Medical Reviewer: Brown, Kim, APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Last Review Date: 3/19/2015

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