Quite often because of promiscuity, many women today who are addicted to ecstasy. To the extent that while pregnant and still continue to use ecstasy. This is what will happen to the baby if the mother’s use of ecstasy during pregnancy.
Ideally pregnant women should be conditioned in the body of the prime. So what is consumed must be properly addressed because it will impact on the baby.
Babies exposed to Ecstasy in the uterus has the ability to lower motor coordination, at the age of 4 months. Using the hallucinogen ecstasy during pregnancy can harm the health of the fetus and lead to poorer motor control in infants.
This was said by the researchers based on the results of a new study. Researchers have been involved 96 British women who have a history of ecstasy use before and during pregnancy as research participants. Most of the women reported taking a variety of drugs before and during pregnancy.
Infant growth, motor control and brain development assessed at birth and when the baby is 4 months old. Babies born to mothers who use ecstasy during pregnancy has a motor control worse and coordination of the hands and eyes when she was 4 months worse than babies born to mothers who did not take drugs.
Another problem is known of the group of pregnant women ecstasy users, including an impaired ability to balance the head or sit less robust.
“Potentially harmful effects of ecstasy exposure on fetal and infant development has long been a concern by the experts. Negative effects of drugs is very risky for pregnant women. Moreover, many pregnant women who use ecstasy without knowing the conditions and risks,” said Lynn Singer, a professor environmental health science from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland as reported from MSNHealth, Wednesday (02/29/2012).
The study also found that ecstasy is associated with a higher probability to give birth to boys. Because these drugs can affect the chemical signals that determine the sex of the baby.
Ecstasy, which has the chemical name 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA is one of the most popular illegal drug in the world.
“Ecstasy can deplete levels of serotonin users. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is a key regulator of mood, sleep, and anxiety. Serotonin is important for early development of the fetal brain. Because of changing neurotransmitter levels may have long-term impact on the baby,” the researchers said.
The researchers will continue to track the development of infants up to 18 months of life. The study did reveal a relationship between ecstasy use and its negative impact on the developing fetus and infant. However, these studies do not prove causality.
The study was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, and has been published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology issue of February 28.