Maternal drug use during pregnancy: are preterm and full-term infants affected differently?

@article{Brown1998MaternalDU,
  title={Maternal drug use during pregnancy: are preterm and full-term infants affected differently?},
  author={Josephine V Brown and Roger A Bakeman and Claire D Coles and William R. Sexson and Alice S Demi},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={540-54}
}
This study examined whether preterm infants are more vulnerable to the effects of prenatal drug exposure than are full-term infants. The sample of 235 low-income African American mothers and their infants included 119 cocaine-polydrug users, 19 alcohol-only users, and 97 nonusers; 148 infants were full term and 87 were preterm. Direct effects of exposure on birth weight, birth length, ponderal index, and irritability were moderated by length of gestation: Fetal growth deficits were more extreme… CONTINUE READING