Alcohol consumption substantially boosts the chances that a pregnant woman will give birth to a child with serious or possibly fatal health complications. Despite this fact and doctors’ warnings to avoid alcohol, significant numbers of pregnant women still drink. In a study published in January 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a team of Dutch researchers investigated the impact that a woman’s educational status has on the chances that she will consume alcohol during pregnancy.
According to new data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more teen pregnancies took place from 2005 to 2006 for the first time in more than a decade. Statistically, teenagers who become pregnant have also demonstrated the likelihood to engage in other risky behavior, such as substance abuse. Following SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) report, pregnant teenage admissions to substance abuse treatment facilities increased from 1,300 admissions in 1992 to 1,700 admissions in 2007. Since 1992, marijuana abuse among pregnant teenagers more than doubled in 2007, and methamphetamine abuse more than quadrupled.
While it’s well known that secondhand smoke can be dangerous for children, a new study confirms that it’s also dangerous for newborns of mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy.
A new study found that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and small body size predict poorer sleep and higher risk of sleep disturbance in 8-year-old children. Poor sleep and sleep disturbances in children are associated with obesity, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and poor neurobehavioral function.