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Effects of drug addiction, smoking on fetus during pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello,I want to know about the effects if a pregnant woman at 33 years of age, smoked daily, drank the drug GHB daily, and snorted Oxycotin frequently, say 3 times a week for the first 14 weeks of her pregnancy. If his occured and then she stopped the 15th week--what collective effect does this have on the child in terms of birth defects? Are there neuralogical issues that could be present that ultrasound would not pick up? Thank you for your answer.
Doctor :   HI
Doctor :   I'm Dr
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   There are multiple effect on fetus
Doctor :   They include cardiac anamoly , kidney , brain defects
Doctor :   Most of the defect are picked up by the ultrasound
User :   She had an ultra sound and no defects were picked up, however, you say there may be some not detected, correct?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Did you triple screening done?
Doctor :   'get
User :   I'm not sure about that
Doctor :   There are more sensitive,
User :   Do people terminate pregnancies at 16 weeks?
User :   Would this be advisable?
Doctor :   There are done between 16 to 18 weeks
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   It depends on the laws of that country
Doctor :   How ever second trimester abortion are done safely
User :   It's legal here up to 20 weeks I believe, the point is, if there's a risk of the child having a brain defects or otherwise, I'd rather start over per se.
Doctor :   It would be best to consult your treating gynecologist
User :   I understand, thank you.
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
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