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  • Sep
    16

    Single Mother Pregnant and Using Meth

    Question:
    Hi Michelle

    I have to be honest I am a meth user and I am pregnant I have a 3 year old son whom is my everything, I am a single mother and again with this pregnancy the father isn't in the pic I am on no kind of aid for my 3 year old n I struggle every day to survive to keep a nice home for my son I am 32 weeks pregnant and as of right now today I have stopped smoking meth no matter what. I have quit a couple of times 5 or 6 days but the worries of rent and bills have me smoking again I don't know how I will do this but I cannot lose my 3 year old to the system if this baby is positive for meth my son makes my world go around I know that I should be concerned about this baby and the closer I get the more I am kind of out of sight out of mind. I will be having a c sec due to me being diabetic on Oct. 24th today is Sept. 5th can I do it will I have a clean baby on that day of surgery. I don't know how long it takes for meth to be clean from my unborn child but I've got to know what I'm facing so I can make arrangements for my 3 year old to be safe in the familiar environment of my family so he doesn't go to cps or can I actually start here n now today n b ok and my unborn and 3 year old b ok. please respond and let me know I've researched this to no avail people think people like me should be in jail for being an addict, I really just need to stop the meth and be surrounded by people who love me and will support me that's when I can conquer anything but I really don't talk to my family by their choice really and all I've ever done was pay my way in this life and take care if my son the best I can I NEVER ask my family for anything they wouldn't give it anyway I just want their love and support. That's all. :-(

    Answer:
    The length of time meth stays in the mother and her unborn child's system varies, many factors come into play in determining whether a person may test positive for meth exposure including the last time the drug was used. Stopping now is definitely the right thing to do for your unborn child as well as yourself but, your baby can continue to be exposed to the drug if you're around anyone else smoking meth. You don't say how long you have used meth or how often before and during your pregnancy or if you have had prenatal care during this time. Regular use of meth can affect the entire body including vital organs such as the heart and kidneys. It's always important to be honest with your physician about any drug use so they can be ready for any complications that may arise during delivery and a C-section is major surgery.

    Meth addiction is very difficult to overcome without help, healthy support is very important but in order to successfully stop using meth and avoid future relapse, most people have to obtain help from treatment professional. I know how scary and difficult this must be for you but you have to think of your unborn child and your precious 3 year old son and continue to stay clean. To help you during this time, you can find wonderful guidance and group support at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. We wish you the best in your delivery and please let us know how you're doing.


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