Opioids and pregnancy

Using opioids while pregnant

During pregnancy, most all substances in your blood can pass to your baby. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) may occur in the baby after birth if a mother took certain drugs or medicines, usually opioids, such as heroin or methadone, or prescription drugs, such as Vicodin or Percocet during pregnancy. At birth, the baby is cut off suddenly from the medicines or drugs in the mother’s body and within 1-5 days may start to show signs of withdrawal. This is NAS.

It is best to stop using most medications, drugs and other substances to give your baby the best chance to be born healthy.

  • Stopping suddenly can cause severe problems for you and the baby.
  • Talk to your health care provider about the best way to stop.
  • Getting treatment can help you stop and is safer for your baby.

For more information about NAS, you can look at Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and newborn babies and the 2017 Pregnancy Connection newsletter

You can also read “Having a Healthy Baby Begins Today: Pregnancy and Common Drugs or Medications” created by the Arizona Department of Health Services. English | Español