Opioid Use During Pregnancy

More and more, we are seeing women come into our office who are pregnant and addicted to opiates. Many are considering abortion because of their addiction.

According to The Recovery Village, www.therecoveryvillage.com, you can safely detox from opioids during your pregnancy.

Using opiates like Heroin or Vicodin is certainly dangerous to both the mom and her baby. Premature birth is just one of the serious outcomes, even if you are on a doctor’s prescription for the opiates.

If you are pregnant, it is important to tell your doctor that you are using opiates. You should not just stop cold turkey. Doing that could cause major issues for you and your baby. Your best bet is to get help to quit from your health care provider.  A medication-assisted treatment is considered the best and safest route.

There are two medicines used for helping women as they stop opioids: methadone and buprenorphine. Along with these medicines, your health care provider should also provide behavioral therapy and counseling to help you get off opiates.

We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to do this under the supervision of a medical professional. He or she will closely monitor you and your baby to make sure your lives are not at risk.

The Recovery Village encourages women to not wait until they give birth to tell their doctors about their drug use. By letting them know as soon as you find out your pregnant you can limit the effects the opiates may have on you and your baby.

Your First Look can help you get connected with a doctor as well as drug treatment programs. For free, confidential help, please call us at 419.720.3338 or text 567.455.1101.


Your First Look Women’s Center provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds to confirm viability, and information on all your options—abortion, adoption, and parenting. We do not provide or refer for abortion services. All services are free and confidential.