Marijuana is gaining legal status in many states. With it’s increasing accessibility, 1 out of every 25 women in the US report marijuana use in pregnancy.
This is not without risk. Though a natural product, it’s effect on pregnancy has not been fully study. There is definitely data that it can cause smaller than average babies as well as causing neurodevelopmental changes in the baby. These changes can cause delay in reaching milestones as well as learning disabilities, attention deficits and poor performance when attending school.
Use of synthetic marijuana has been showed to have the same effects. With so much exposure, the data collection is ongoing and we’re learning more about the effects of this drug on pregnancy and the outcomes for both mom and baby.
What to do:
If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or having unprotected intercourse during the reproductive years, avoid exposure to toxins that can harm a pregnancy, including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and the gamut of illegal drugs.
If you think marijuana may help you with nausea in pregnancy, seek other, safer ways to get your nausea under control:
- Eating first thing in the morning while still lying down and waiting a few minutes before sitting up
- Keeping carbs and carbonated water on hand
- Eating small, frequent snacks that are heavy in carbs
- Vitamin B6, 100mg/day taken every day
- Asking your physician for a prescription of nausea meds that have been proven to be safe in pregnancy
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