Smoking tobacco and e-cigarettes is associated with preterm delivery, stillbirth, and birth defects. Smoking also increases the risk of low birth weight and a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Stopping before pregnancy is your best option. Call 800-quit-now for help or talk with your Women First Care Team.
Even today, alcohol use during pregnancy is one of the most common preventable causes of developmental delay. You should stop all alcohol once you have a positive pregnancy test, and avoid heavy drinking (more than 2 drinks per day) or binge drinking (more than 5 drinks per day) while you are trying to get pregnant. Even moderate drinking (1-2 drinks per day) has been associated with attention deficit and memory problems in children, so no amount of alcohol is considered safe during pregnancy.
Oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, Valium, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and illicit drugs must be avoided before and during pregnancy. They can cause premature birth and low birth weight, in addition to causing your baby to become addicted to the drug during pregnancy. After birth, your baby may go through withdrawal—neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)—and require prolonged medical stay.
Pregnancy is an opportunity to adopt healthy habits and make lifestyle changes that can last a lifetime, benefiting you and your entire family.