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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Can it hurt the baby?

03/01/2007

Question:

If a man who abuses cocaine, marijuana and alcohol has sex with a pregnant woman can it effect the unborn child?

Answer:

There is no way that I am aware of that sex with a known addict can affect a baby once it is conceived.  The baby would be affected if the mother used drugs.

 

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Response by:

Edna M Jones, MD, MRO Edna M Jones, MD, MRO
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University