Question - Methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy represents a serious threat to both the mother and the developing fetus problem. What medical problems have been reported to be associated with methamphetamine use by pregnant females?
Answer- The cited article notes “It is associated with an increased risk of preeclampsia and hypertension, fetal demise, preterm delivery, and intrauterine growth restriction. The deleterious effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure on the developing fetal brain may lead to long-term neuro-developmental and behavioral problems.” (Dinger J et al. Methamphetamine consumption during pregnancy- Effects on child health. 2017 Pharmacopsychiatry 50:107-113)