Healthy living

Is it safe to use drugs or drink alcohol when pregnant?

No. The safest option for your baby is for you to not take any drugs or drink any alcohol if you are pregnant.

If you are using opiate drugs such as heroin, it is recommended that you start on a methadone or subutex (buprenorphine) program (these are drugs used to treat heroin dependence). Being stable on medications, including methadone and subutex, provides a better environment in your body for your baby to grow.

If you are using stimulant drugs such as amphetamines, or smoking cannabis or tobacco, consider stopping or decreasing your use.

Binge drinking is especially harmful to both you and your baby. Consider stopping or decreasing your use.  

Prescribed medications

If you are on prescribed medication for any health condition, tell your doctor that you are pregnant. You doctor will monitor your dose regularly.

Where to get help

Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service

The Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS) is a specialist team based at King Edward Memorial Hospital that cares for pregnant women experiencing drug and alcohol issues.

The WANDAS team is made up of a number of health professionals, including:

  • doctors
  • midwives
  • social workers
  • dietitians
  • mental health professionals.

WANDAS will help you and your baby become and stay as healthy as possible during your pregnancy.

  • Phone: (08) 9340 1582 or 0414 892 753

Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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