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Pregnancy and Substance Abuse

The risks during pregnancy for using drugs or alcohol can be multifold. Some of the reported complications are premature birth, impaired fetal growth or birth defects, miscarriages and even still birth. Unsupervised withdrawal from drugs or alcohol during pregnancy may be harmful to the mother and fetus. It is critical to seek medical assistance before detoxification to minimise the harms. You can speak to a General Practitioner, the gynaecologist or the addiction specialist for medical advice.

Prenatal care and delivery

Prenatal care ensures that mothers receive the essential vitamins and careful monitoring needed to prevent and treat any potential health issues to the mother and the fetus.

Most gynaecologists often ask about your lifestyle choices, including the use of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. Providing them with accurate information will help them make informed decisions that can impact the comfort, and more importantly the safety of both the mother and her baby during pregnancy and delivery.

Mothers, you are not alone

When you're pregnant, you may experience anxiety and intense emotions regarding your pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding and/or infant care. Fatigue, mood swings, irritability and poor sleep are a common experience among pregnant mothers. It is vital to recognize signs of depression during and post-pregnancy. Timely intervention will help you through this challenging time. Turn to your family and trusted friends for support and help. Professionals are available to provide you with the help, encouragement, understanding and support that you need as well.

For more information and assistance, please go to a nearby Family Service Centre and also refer to the links and agencies listed below.

National Addictions Management Service (NAMS)
All Addictions Helpline: +65 6-RECOVER (+65 6-732 6837)

KK Women's and Children's Hospital
General enquiries: +65 6-CALL KKH (+65 6-2255 554)

Appointments: +65 6294 4050

Healthy Start For Your Pregnancy - Health Promotion Board
Download a free e-book from the website:

BABES (A Helping Hand for Pregnant Teens) – Beyond Social Service
24-hour Helpline: +65 8111 3535


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