Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) can prevent the withdrawal symptoms many drug users experience. Withdrawal while pregnant is especially dangerous and can cause miscarriage or premature birth. By blocking withdrawal symptoms MMT can help women have a healthy and successful pregnancy.
MMT while pregnant will not cause birth defects for your baby. Some babies experience withdrawal after birth. Withdrawal does not mean the baby is addicted. Infant withdrawal usually begins a few days after your baby is born, but can begin two to four weeks after birth.
Withdrawal symptoms include:
Fussiness/restlessness & vomiting
Not eating & not sleeping
Fever & trembling
Often a quiet and comfortable environment is enough comfort for the baby. In some cases if symptoms are severe your baby’s doctor may provide medication to help your baby.
Methadone is never to be given to a baby. Even a small amount can be deadly.
Women can conceive, have normal pregnancies and give birth to healthy children while receiving MMT.
Pregnant women are top priority when entering treatment and are offered an immediate intake appointment. At intake all pregnant women are provided with a resource folder, which includes resources and services around the valley offered to pregnant women. For those women who do not have insurance and cannot afford treatment ITS has funding available from the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG).