Keeping the baby now

Patient : My girlfriend is 19 weeks pregnant. She has been smoking weed and doing cocaine. . She just decided to keep the baby. Instead of late term abortion. If she stops using drugs now will the baby test for drugs at delivery
Symptoms:  None
Doctor :   Hi, Thanks for the query. I understand your concern. Cocaine and weed belongs to category C drugs in pregnancy acc ording to FDA. Means animals studies have shown few adverse effects on fetus due to these drugs but sufficient human studies are lacking. Cocaine may lead to complications like preterm labor, it may affect the growth and neurological functions of the baby. But prenatally it is difficult to opine whether the particular baby will get affected or not. Completely stopping these drugs can avoid further exposure of the baby. Ultrasound at this gestational age can help to rule out possible anomalies to some extent. Quadruple screening blood test to mother can also help in finding out few anomalies. But neither of these procedures nor clinical examination can ruled out all possible anomalies. Regarding the procedures mentioned please do consult expert in maternal and fetal medicine. Take care.

Related Q&A

Q: Hi, am having a crypic pregnancy. I am about 31 fetal weeks, 33 gestational weeks. I am now having.daily Braxton hick...

Q: Can I take Tylenol when pregnant? I am a 32 year old women who is 28 weeks pregnant. I've had some massive splitting ...

Q: Insulin does not cross the placenta but glucose does, how will the baby’s body handle elevated glucose in the m...

Q: Is it possible to get pregnant while on the implanon? And if so, would the fetus survive or would it die with the imp...

Q: I have been on BCP for a while..It it normal to still breakthrough bleed? The blood is dark red to brown what can I d...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon