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Smoking and other drugs

During pregnancy it is important to be aware that all of the substances you put into your body has the potential to harm your unborn baby.  These include:


Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy can cause your baby to be born underweight and has also been linked to miscarriage, prematurity, impaired heart rate and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). See: Pregnancy and smoking (external link) and Smoke Free Baby (external link)


Including some prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and complementary medicines such as herbal remedies or nutrition supplements. It is important to speak to your health care provider to check the safety of all medications, supplements and/or remedies during pregnancy. Some common pain relief medications are listed here KEMH obstetrics pharmacy services (external link)

    • Illicit use of prescription drugs – such as benzodiazepines or morphin
    • Illegal drugs – such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine or amphetamines
    • Substances used as drugs – such as inhalants, glues or aerosols

For further information on the effect of these drugs on your baby’s development and how to get help please see Drugs during pregnancy  (external link) and Pregnancy and drugs (external link)

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