Those under the influence of alcohol and drugs are often guilty of taking unnecessary risks. They may do things they would not do when sober, such as have unprotected sex with strangers. This can lead to many problems, including sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
If you have been struggling with addiction for some time and have finally made the decision to get help, you will probably be thinking about how this is going to affect your life and whether you are ready for such a significant change. But what if you discover that you are pregnant just before you begin your journey? This can have an enormous impact on your mental and physical wellbeing, and it will mean you have so much more to consider in terms of your recovery journey.
If you are pregnant and have an addiction, you need to think about treatment immediately. Getting sober right now must be your primary focus, regardless of the decision you make on your pregnancy. If you do decide to keep your baby, you will give him or her the best chance of a healthy life by getting clean right now.
You will have a number of things to consider now, depending on how far along in your pregnancy you are. You are probably wondering about any damage that may have been done to your developing baby because of your substance abuse. If any serious damage was done to the foetus and you are less than six weeks pregnant, there is a high chance you will have a miscarriage. If you do not have a miscarriage, and you get clean now, there is a good chance that your baby will be born healthy. The earlier you get sober, the greater the chance of your baby being born healthy.
Babies born to addicted mothers are often born with addictions themselves, which can affect their mental and physical development. You may be able to get some prenatal tests carried out to assess any damage that has been caused to your baby. Speak to your midwife or doctor about the chance of your having a healthy baby. This will depend on the type of substance you have been abusing and how heavily you have been using.
How Do You Feel?
You may be in shock at discovering you are pregnant right now, but you need to think about the future and what you can provide for a child. Think about whether you have a good support system in place and if you have a safe place to live for you and a child. Will the baby’s father be around, and will he be willing to help out?
It is worth considering how a child would affect your life and the lives of those closest to you. Do you have other children? Do you live at home with your parents? How will it affect them?
If you have considered the implications of having this baby and you have decided that you do want to keep it, then you must get treatment immediately. Call us here at Middlegate for advice and information on where you will get the most suitable treatment for your situation.
We have a team of experts ready to take your call, and they can advise you on what to do next. Our counsellors and therapists will be able to discuss your options with you and will recommend a suitable treatment provider who can help you get clean in the safest way possible for both you and your baby. The sooner you get help the better, so call us today.