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Essay Galaxy - Drugs and Pregnancy: Drugs Affect On The Baby Drugs and Pregnancy: Drugs Affect On The Baby

During the first trimester of the mother's pregnancy, when basic body structures are rapidly forming, the fetus is extremely vulnerable to environmental factors such as viral infections, radiation, drugs, and other tetratogens (an agent or influence that causes physical defects in a developing embryo), any of which can cause congenial malformations (A physical defect at the time of birth, either inherited or caused during gestation). (1) Prenatal exposure to psychoactive drug, including tobacco, alcohol, and cocaine, are serious and growing problems. (1) According to a recent National Institute on Drug Abuse study on estimated use of selected substances during pregnancy, 5.5% of the women surve....

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