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Can father's drug use have effect on unborn baby?

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Question - (29 December 2008) 7 Answers - (Newest, 25 February 2009)
A female United States age 30-35, anonymous writes:

I am 3 weeks pregnant, my boyfriend and i have been trying for months, but when i told him the news, he confessed that he had been using angel dust, cocaine, and marijuana on and off four months ago....

he is clean now- i had him take an at home test, but now my concern is that his drug use may have effected the baby. is it possible for the fathers drug abuse during the time of conception to have an affect on our unborn child???

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A reader, anonymous, writes (25 February 2009):

*affected*

Yes of course it could, it might cause certain mutations in the developing embryo that aren't natural, but hopefully not

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A reader, anonymous, writes (24 February 2009):

I am the mother of a now 6 year old son who has a host of problems. He is 'normal enough' to not be considered disabled so he has been labeled as a 'bad kid' by many people. There were no indications during pregnancy that there could be anything wrong. I did everything right and his father was healthy and young.

Sometimes things happen that SUPRISE you, good or bad, and you can/will never know for sure until you live it. I could never have known that there would be issues with my child, but had I known before his birth I would have happily done it all again. He may be a hard child to raise, but he has so much more love in his heart than any other child I have ever seen.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (13 January 2009):

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i have an update, i am not keeping the child, i have spoken to another professional who told me that my pregnancy wont be successful due to ovarian cysts, i have been bleeding every night, no tissue and i am scheduled for a termination. i am not happy to do this but i have decided. the father is trying to tell me that i am wrong, he doesnt believe me that there will be problems, and he keeps telling me that his friends "baby mama" smoked pot through all the pregnancies and is fine, yet he denies that they all have learning disabilities and memory retention problems. i am scared, he is angry, but i thank everyone for their honest input!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (29 December 2008):

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thank you very much for your proffessional input. its a hard thing to research and i have had many mixed answers from others, as well as two obgyns. i appreciate your insight, as well as all the input everyone gave. its not easy to determine i have read through arcticles online. you all have been very helpful!

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (29 December 2008):

yes. i have lost count of the amount of times girls or women have come into my work looking for advice on this. yes drug abuse from mum or dad can have impact on the baby

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (29 December 2008):

no i dont think so because it would have to be you doing drugs to have an effect on the baby.

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A female reader, the1st1 United States +, writes (29 December 2008):

yes. my daughters dad secretly did meth and all the other drugs out there, my daughter now has horrible stomach problems, but its not anything really serious. she just screams all the time bc her stomach hurts, and spits up all the time. some babys can come out with severe problems, but most of the time when that happens its because the mother did a number of drugs most of the pregnancy, i wouldnt worry too much, bc remember your baby can feel every emotion that you feel, and if you are really stressed out or depressed it can make the baby get stressed out, and or even cause complications in the pregnancy and labor

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