Are We Really Going To Jail Moms-To-Be Who Drink Or Do Drugs?

This is a huge problem.

The moment you become pregnant — and for some things even before you are pregnant — there are some rules for baby’s health that prevents you from doing everything. Your body is no longer just responsible for your health, but growing your baby too. Doing what you can to make sure you are eating well, getting enough sleep, and keeping your stress levels down is asked during pregnancy. Some things pregnant women are cautioned from doing — or doing too much of. Like eating deli meat, going into a hot tub or, in some cases, traveling.

Some of these guidelines or rules are just for overall benefit of reducing any risks of harm. Some are to give your baby — and your body — a good chance of coming out from pregnancy being healthy and strong. And, of course, there are other rules that are just there for fear mongering. These are usually rooted in old-school ideas that treated pregnant women like super delicate flowers. Rules like not lifting to pick things up, not having intimacy in the bedroom, or being able to work out at all. These rules are generally dismissed for the average, low-risk pregnancy.

But, there are some rules that are there and are hard rules. Ones that experts say can and do put your baby at risk.

Rules like no drinking, smoking, or doing any illegal drugs.

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Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the Managing Editor of Moms and she's has an odd obsession with useless movie and TV trivia. She's one of the weird ones that reads IMDb trivia instead of watching the movie. When she's not at work you can hear her answering the question "why" twenty-billion times thanks to her four kids. Got something to say? Send me an email at

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