When a pregnant mother uses a legal or illegal drug, it is very likely the fetus she is carrying will also experience effects from the drug. While some substances may be more dangerous to a fetus than others, it is important to remain drug-free or enter a recovery program if you are looking to conceive.
Cathinones, also known as bath salts, should not be taken while pregnant. Although there is limited research on the effects of cathinones on a fetus, bath salts can be very addictive. Synthetic cathinones include methylone, mephedrone, and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV). MDPV has been found to be more addictive than methamphetamine. These substances are classified as stimulants and can produce effects similar to what cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA produce.
Using cathinones while pregnant should be avoided because recent research has indicated the substance can be found in the placenta and fetal brain of pregnant mice after injection. In fact, the levels of cathinones present were so extensive researchers have great concern for the risk of the fetus if a mother uses bath salts.
If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and use bath salts, seek help today. The Recovery Village can help you recover from abusing bath salts so you can live a longer, healthier life with your baby.
Bath salts and Cathinones can affect the fetus because of their ability to enter the placenta – the fetus’ main resource for food and oxygen – and therefore the fetal brain. The toxicity of the placenta and fetal brain can lead to a variety of issues for the fetus and newborn baby.
For the user, the psychological effects of abusing bath salts include euphoria, alertness, delusions, lowered inhibitions, and agitated or aggressive behavior. While some of these psychological effects may feel good to the user, they can lead to long-term physical effects such as liver failure, kidney damage, bone pain, severe depression, psychosis, mood disorders ulcers, malnutrition, tolerance, and addiction. For this reason, it is recommended women do not use cathinones while pregnant, as the physical effects of bath salt abuse may affect the fetus.
There is also a high risk for users who inject bath salts to experience vein blockage, skin erosion, infection at the injection site, abscesses, gangrene, blood clots, and increased risk of HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne illnesses. These issues can negatively impact the mother’s health and therefore the fetal or newborn baby’s health.
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