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Do I have to stop taking drugs before I get pregnant?

Yes. If you take any illegal or recreational drugs the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is stop.

Some women may be able to stop taking drugs without help. Others may find it more difficult because of other problems, such as mental health issues, lack of family support, or long term problems like homelessness.

If there is any reason why you’re finding it difficult to stop taking illegal or recreational drugs and you want to start trying for a baby, it’s important that you get advice and support. Your GP can refer you to a specialist service or you can find services that suit you online.

It’s best to keep using contraception until you have stopped using drugs. Your doctor can give you advice about this if you need it.

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