For Pregnant Women & Mothers
As a result, the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) increased almost 400 percent nationally to 5.8 per 1,000 live hospital births, and in some states, 30 per 1,000 live hospital births. Put plainly, by 2012, one NAS-affected baby was born every 25 minutes.
NAS can look for different for every baby, but most signs and symptoms start to show within the first 72 hours of birth and can last up to 6 months.
Common signs and symptoms (from the March of Dimes)
- Tremors, seizures, and overactive reflexes
- Fussiness, excessive crying or having a high-pitched cry
- Poor feeding, sucking, or slow weight gain
- Breathing problems
- Fever, sweating, or blotchy skins
- Trouble sleeping and excessive yawning
- Diarrhea or throwing up
- Stuffy nose or sneezing
Complications (from the March of Dimes)
- Low birthweight
- Extensive time in the NICU-post birth
- If you are pregnant and have opioid use disorder, talk to your doctor about your treatment options
- Be open with both your doctor and your prescriber. Your doctor needs to know your medications and your prescriber needs to know you’re pregnant.
** It should be noted that exposure to opioids might be prescribed by a provider as well