Ecstasy Use Pregnancy

March 1, 2012 by staff 

Ecstasy Use Pregnancy, A study has found vaccinating pregnant women against influenza is good for maternal and newborn health. The randomised, controlled trial, conducted by US and Bangladeshi researchers, found the number of babies born small for gestational age dropped among immunised mothers when there was an outbreak of the virus.

New maternal and newborn health research has found an association between ecstasy use among pregnant women and a higher risk of delays in motor functioning development among their babies.

The investigation, which was conducted by scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in the US, and UK institutions the University of East London (UEL) and Swansea University, showed such children are also more likely to be male than female.

As many as 96 participants were recruited from UEL’s Drugs and Infancy Study and the babies of women who took drugs including ecstasy before and during pregnancy were compared with those of mothers who did not use the substance.

The research, which was the first to be conducted on the effects of the intoxicant on foetal and infant development, found it is associated with an increase in male births and delays in skills in babies like balancing their heads, eye hand coordination, being able to sit with support and turning from their back to their side.

Principal investigator Andy Parrott, professor of psychology at Swansea University in Wales, said: “Ecstasy can deplete the level of serotonin, which is [an] important neurotransmitter for many brain functions, including gross motor control.”

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