Pregnancy and Substance Use

It is generally known, and widely accepted, that the use of drugs (including alcohol) during pregnancy can lead to a number of possible health and social complications for both mother and child. That being said, simply quitting using your substance of choice the moment you find out you are expecting is often very difficult. It is also often too late, since a large number of pregnancies are unplanned and the fact that many women do not know they are pregnant for weeks or even months into their pregnancy.

If you or someone you know is expecting a baby and is struggling with substance use concerns please scroll down for some specific local programs and resources. For a listing of general substance use supports in Halton please visit our Find Help page.

Pregnancy and Substance Use
Pregnancy and Substance Use
Pregnancy and Substance Use

Resources

Pregnancy and Substance Use

Healthy living is important during pregnancy. Read through the information below to make your pregnancy the healthiest it can be.

2012 Attitudes Towards Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy Indicator Report (PDF)

2012 Attitudes Towards Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy Indicator Report (PDF)


 

Halton FASD Collaborative

A team of dedicated professionals and parents who represent 31 Halton-based service agencies whose mission is “To respond to the unique needs of children, youth, adults (birth to 24 years) and their families affected by FASD in Halton Region ensuring that FASD can be identified early and that residents of Halton who are living with the effects of FASD and their families/caregivers receive the support they need to live satisfying lives”

Hope Place Centres

Offers specific information and supports for pregnant and parenting mothers. Over the past several years, many women have been helped by the caring and competent Case Managers in the Baby’s Best Beginnings program.

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Opioid Outreach and Treatment Services

Brings together a team of dedicated clinicians from four different agencies (ADAPT, PAARC, Hope Place and Salvation Army) also offer programs specifically to pregnant/ parenting woman.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading known cause of developmental disability. And it is not just a woman’s issue. Find out what men can do to help prevent FASD.

What Men Can Do To Help (PDF)

Other Resources

Rethink Your Drinking is a great resource for information about drinking and pregnancy but also alcohol use in general.

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The Government of Canada also has a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Initiative which seeks to prevent FASD and improve outcomes for those who are already affected, including their families and communities.

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Motherisk is another great website for resources and information related to alcohol, nicotine and substance use during pregnancy.

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Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines were created to help Canadian adults, who choose to drink alcohol, make informed choices about alcohol consumption to minimize associated short and long term health risks. The guidelines aren’t about abstinence — they’re about rethinking your drinking to reduce alcohol-related harm.