Marijuana Use During Pregnancy – Is it Safe?
Pot. Weed. Mary-Jane. Whatever you call it, Marijuana is America’s most popular recreational drug. And, it’s being used increasingly often for medicinal purposes. But do marijuana and pregnancy go together?
What the Experts say about Marijuana During Pregnancy:
Unsurprisingly, there’s very little research into the effects of marijuana on pregnancy. I say it’s unsurprising because what medical researcher would knowingly expose an unborn baby to marijuana smoke in order to test a theory. It is also thought that many women who have babies with birth defects that could be linked to marijuana use during pregnancy do not admit to having used the drug.
But we do Know About How Pot Affects Adults
Your baby relies entirely on you for essential nutrients. Anything you put into your body will cross the placenta to your baby. This includes marijuana smoke. The doctors may not know much about how marijuana affects unborn babies, but they know plenty about what it does to adults. Habitual marijuana use has been linked to:
- Mood disorders
- Loss of motivation, energy, and memory
- Psychotic episodes
- A gateway to more harmful drugs
If marijuana can have all these effects on a fully developed, adult brain, imagine the possible effects in a brain that is developing and growing, cell by cell.
Why We Advise against Smoking Weed During Pregnancy
You might have a friend who tells you, “it’s okay in moderation” or “a little pot does wonders for nausea and back pain”. Our advice is to ignore this friend. Even a little marijuana could do serious harm to your baby. Too little is known and it’s just not worth the risk. There are plenty of much safer ways to ease your morning sickness!
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Alcohol and Pregnancy:
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Caffeine and Pregnancy:
Surely we’re not going to ask you to give up your daily cup of coffee, too? This is getting out of hand! Find out how much caffeine is safe for pregnancy here.