A new study says pregnant moms who use meth can pass some of these behavioral problems onto their kids.
The behavior changes – anxiety, depression, moodiness – weren’t huge, but lead researcher Dr. Linda LaGasse, associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, called them “very worrisome.”
The study – which is the first to look at how meth use during pregnancy may impact a child – was published in the March 19 issue of Pediatrics. LaGasse and her team tracked 330 youngsters ages 3 through 5 who hailed from areas of the West and Midwest where meth use is most common.
Mothers were recruited shortly after giving birth in Des Moines, Iowa; Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Tulsa, Okla and were asked about meth use while they were pregnant. Newborns’ stools were also tested for evidence of the drug. Effects in children exposed to the drug were compared with those whose mothers didn’t use meth through behavioral checklists filled out by moms or caregivers. Both groups were high-risk children, with many living in disadvantaged homes