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prenatal behavior

Increase the risk of miscarriage

It may trigger premature labor

May cause an unborn baby to die or to have a stroke, which can result in irreversible brain damage. Women who use cocaine during pregnancy are: A. twice as likely to have a premature baby; B. More likely to have a low birthweight baby; C. More likely to have babies born with smaller heads and smaller brains proportionate to body size.

Cocaine during pregnancy

When you drink alcohol, it rapidly reaches your baby through the placenta, via your bloodstream. Heavy, regular or binge drinking can cause miscarriage and premature birth. Too much alcohol can even increase the risk of your baby being stillborn.

Heavy drinking can also damage your baby's nervous system. This can mean that your baby develops fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with problems that can range from mild learning difficulties or social problems, through to birth defects.

Alcohol during pregnancy

Could affect how your baby's face, organs and brain grow.

Nicotine during pregnancy Smoking while pregnant will: Lower the amount of oxygen available to you and your growing baby. Increase your baby's heart rate. Increase the chances of miscarriage and stillbirth. Increase the risk that your baby is born prematurely and/or born with low birth weight. Increase your baby's risk of developing respiratory (lung) problems.

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