Smoking & Drugs
The harm of smoking is well understood in pregnancy and for later life. Smoking can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, growth problems and placental separation in pregnancy. If you are a smoker, try to use the pregnancy as an opportunity to quit. There is no harm associated with suddenly stopping.
Contact Quitline (click) or phone 137848
Substance use in pregnancy is also associated with adverse outcomes for the baby, occasional users of recreational drugs should stop in pregnancy. If you are a regular or habitual user of drugs you should discuss this with me and we will work closely with other care providers to provide you support.
Heavy alcohol consumption or occasional binge drinking can be associated with fetal alcohol syndrome, which includes growth problems, intellectual impairment and occasionally an abnormal physical appearance. Heavy drinkers should gradually reduce and then stop their consumption in pregnancy. There is always ongoing debate about the impact that a small amount of alcohol could have on a pregnancy. Whilst the risk from low-level alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks per week) is likely to be very low, the NHMRC advises that not drinking alcohol is the safest option.