Substance abuse during preg.: effect on outcomes

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Substance abuse during preg.: effect on outcomes

Post by caryn » Sat May 08, 2010 04:32 pm

Of note is the extremely low incidence of pre-eclampsia among drug users, even after controlling for the confounder effects of parity and smoking... This is the first study to highlight low incidence of pre-eclampsia among drug users over and above the effect of smoking. Further research is needed to elucidate the underlying biological reason for the lack of pre-eclampsia in women with substance abuse during pregnancy.

Okay y'all, you know how I always say "even though this looks promising as a theraputic, talk to your docs first"? Well, women using drugs have a way lower rate of PE. But they have a way higher rate of preterm birth and all sorts of other nasty outcomes than the median population too. (Actually, that's why they always say stuff about weighing both risk and benefit. Everything has risk and benefit.)

At any rate, obviously no one is going to suggest, recommend, or endorse drug use to avoid preeclampsia not least because it predisposes you and your babies to all sorts of other really deadly things. This is also why no one should be supplementing anything at all without talking to their docs about it. No extra folic acid. No extra Vitamin D. No bedrest when the doc hasn't advised it. This stuff is *complicated.*

/Caryn's PSA over, thx!

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