Q: What does it do?

A: Cocaine can:

  • Increase infertility
  • Cause miscarriage
  • Cause placental abruption
  • Cause stillbirth
  • Stimulate uterine contractions and increase the risk of prematurity
  • Increase the risk of having a small baby (IUGR=intrauterine growth restriction) and a low birth weight baby
  • Increase the risk of fetal malformations
  • Lead to fetal withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, depression, lethargy, feeding problems, hyperactive reflexes, vomiting, diarrhea, high-pitched cry, and restlessness
  • Increase the risk of the baby having developmental problems