Prenatal Drug Exposure Counselling


Prenatal Drug Exposure

 Prenatal drug and or alcohol exposure can cause permanent damage to a foetus (unborn child). 

What is Prenatal Drug Exposure?


When a woman takes drugs or drinks alcohol during pregnancy, changes can occur in the body and brain of her baby causing long-term effects.

Drugs that may affect a foetus during development can be illegal or prescription medications, including:

• Alcohol

• Cocaine

• Heroin

• Inhalants

• Nicotine (cigarettes)

What are the signs and symptoms of Prenatal Drug Exposure? Babies born after prenatal drug exposure may have a variety of symptoms, including:

• Brain damage

• Balance problems

• Behavioural problems

• Cognitive delays

• Congenital syndromes

• Difficulty sleeping

• Feeding problems

• Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

• Irritability

• Language delays

• Learning disabilities

• Low birth weight

• Premature birth

• Tremors from withdraw