Drug misuse in Pregnancy and remedial options: Drug abuse is a scourge that is now
a fact of life and has to be confronted as such. While it has, mercifully, remained
a "minority sport", some communities in the UK and elsewhere have been quite significantly
hit. Pregnancy adds an important dimension to the whole issue of drug abuse. There
are various groups of drugs that have different effects on pregnancy, some more serious
than others. It is important to stress that no abused drug is considered safe in
pregnancy. The management of a situation where a woman conceives while dependent
on a substance will depend on the type of substance and the degree of addiction.
Infections and Pregnancy: There are a good number of viruses which infect children
and adults alike. To the majority of these, the body's immune system responds promptly
and the infection is literally shrugged off in a matter of days. In a number of instances,
the individual may be unaware that he or she has been suffering from an infection.
Some types of viral infections have specific signs and symptoms and are easily identifiable.
These include such infections as measles and chicken-pox. The differences in the
behaviour and course of viral infections do not end there. More…
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