Substance Use in Pregnancy: Information and Support

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When I made my appointment I said, I'm pregnant, I'm an addict, can you take me? It was actually a big relief.

Mother who received her prenatal care with Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Are you pregnant and in recovery or using substances?

We have a care team ready to support you.

Call our confidential helpline to learn more or to set up an appointment:

603-650-2602

Being pregnant and having a new baby is hard. Please see the links below for information and resources:

Substance use treatment during pregnancy

Treatment for substance use disorders helps you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. For people with opioid use disorder, methadone and buprenorphine are safe and effective during pregnancy and breastfeeding and are the recommended treatment.

A great place to learn more about the effects of specific substances during pregnancy is the Academy of Perinatal Harm Reduction website.

Taking care of yourself while you are pregnant

Getting regular prenatal care means better outcomes for moms and babies. You and your baby deserve the best. If you were not in the best health when you started your pregnancy, getting prenatal care is even more important.

With telehealth, connecting to care is now easier than it's ever been. Don't let transportation concerns stop you from making an appointment. If you have a phone, you can connect with a care team for a telehealth visit, make an appointment, or get advice from a nurse or provider.

Don't have a phone? We can help with that! Learn about our cell phone program.

Mental health during pregnancy and postpartum

Studies show that moms' health has a big impact on the health and wellbeing of their children. It is important to take care of your mental and physical health and wellbeing.

We can provide convenient telehealth and in-person counseling right here in our clinic.

Postpartum care

Your health still matters after you have your baby! Some people call the post-partum period the Fourth Trimester of pregnancy. Your health is as important, if not more important, now that you have welcomed your baby to the world. Healthy babies need healthy moms.

Postpartum can also be a stressful time when people need extra support. This is especially true for people in recovery.

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Woman holding baby

When you see that these other moms are doing it... it helps to make you that much stronger, to not want to use.

Postpartum care can provide:

  • Postpartum check-up to see how you are feeling after birth
  • Mental health support
  • Discuss birth spacing and family planning needs
  • A chance to ask questions!

Missed your postpartum appointment? No problem! Call our helpline and we will get you in for an appointment quickly: 603-650-2602