Pregnancy Health Risks
There are a few things that you should try to avoid while you are pregnant. Certain foods, chemicals, and environments can be hazardous to your baby and could prevent her from developing properly.
Drinking during pregnancy is not recommended, as it can travel through the placenta and affect your baby. While the odd alcoholic drink when you are expecting probably won't cause any harm, regular drinking does increase the chances of your baby developing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), which can cause serious mental and physical handicaps.
Cigarette smoking can also be very harmful to your baby. Smoking during pregnancy deprives your baby of oxygen and nutrition and may cause your placenta to thin out. Women who smoke during pregnancy are at increased risk for delivering low birth weight babies or premature babies.
It is important to be careful when you are using prescription or over-the-counter drugs when you are pregnant. Some medicines are dangerous for your baby, so check with your health care provider first. Narcotics, like cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy are very dangerous to your baby.
Regular use of these drugs can also impair your fertility. Even a single use of these drugs can cause serious complications, including preterm labor, miscarriage, and stillbirth.