Alcohol, Drug Use & Smoking During Pregnancy Resources
Childbirth Connection's Alcohol, Drug Use and Smoking Resources During PregnancyPlanning Pregnancy: Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
Planning Pregnancy: Healthy Lifestyle Habits
In our section called The Stages of Pregnancy, we have outlined the planning of your pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, giving birth, and the early period after birth. These links are devoted to your lifestyle while planning for your pregnancy.
Alcohol Facts and Warnings for Pregnancy: Pregnant Women, Mothers, Women GenerallyCenters for Disease Control and Prevention: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Facts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Alcohol and Pregnancy Questions and Answers
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Drinking and Your Pregnancy
US Surgeon General Releases Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
Drug Use Facts and Warnings for Pregnancy: Pregnant Women March of Dimes: Illicit Drug Use During Pregnancy: facts about
Ecstasy and other amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Prenatal Effects: website with pages for cocaine, heroin, inhalants, marijuana, MDMA/Ecstasy, methamphetamine, nicotine
Office of Health Assessment and Translation: Amphetamines: technical assessment focused on understanding the potential for adverse effects on human health from amphetamines
Resources for Quitting Alcohol and Drug Use for Pregnancy National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information: Resources: self-help materials for alcohol and drug abuse
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: searchable directory of alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs in the United States. National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service, 800 662-HELP (4357), toll-free 24-hour alcohol and drug treatment referral and information
Smoking Facts and Warnings for Pregnancy: Pregnant Women, Mothers, Women GenerallyAmerican Council on Science and Health: The Scoop on Smoking, Pregnancy
American Lung Association: Women and Tobacco Use
Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General
Quitting Smoking for Your Pregnancy Resources American Legacy Foundation: Great Start
National Partnership to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit: Quit Now!
Nicotine Anonymous: Information, guidance, directory of local and online meetings, publications in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish
Quit All Together
Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine: Your Online Smoking Cessation Advisor: Personalized guidance and support, available in Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish
Advocacy for Pregnant Women with Addictions Resources Drug Policy Alliance: Women and Gender in the Drug War
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
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