If you’re pregnant and are currently using drugs, or have used them in the past, you might be worried about going to a pregnancy center for fear that they’ll test you for drug use.
However, you can rest assured that a pregnancy center has your best interests at heart. They are there to provide you with pregnancy resources and counsel so that you can feel empowered to move forward with your pregnancy in whatever way you choose.
If you are currently pregnant and using drugs, or if you’ve used them in the past, read on to learn more about action steps you can take to protect your health.
Get an Ultrasound
Drug use can negatively affect a pregnancy, which is why it’s essential to get an ultrasound. This harmless scan can reveal key details about your pregnancy that are important for safeguarding your health—such as where the pregnancy is located (to ensure you’re not facing a potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancy) and the viability of your pregnancy (if your pregnancy is healthy, as some women miscarry without knowing it).
No matter what you’re considering for the future of your pregnancy, seeking treatment for substance abuse is vital for protecting your health.
Drug use during pregnancy is especially risky and can lead to miscarriage, placental abruption (which is when the placenta separates from the uterus, which can cause severe bleeding), respiratory problems, and death.
If you’re seeking a drug treatment center in your area, both of the following hotlines can help:
- National Drug Help Hotline 1-800-662-4357
- National Alcohol and Drug Dependence Hopeline 1-800-622-2255
Talk to Someone
Being pregnant can make you feel many different emotions, but when you add drug use to the equation, things can feel overwhelming very quickly. It’s important that you reach out to someone you trust to talk about what you’re going through.
Here at New Beginnings Pregnancy Center, we understand what you’re going through. And we’re not here to judge you. We provide free pregnancy resources and a listening ear so that you can feel supported and empowered as you move forward. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. We’re here for you.