Puff, Puff, Pacifier – Does Smoking Weed Harm Your Baby?
When I was pregnant, I remember a friend of mine sharing that her sister had smoked weed a ton during the first 3 months of her pregnancy. I was horrified. I had been so worried during the first trimester wondering if my baby was ok in there, that I definitely wasn’t going to take up smoking as a way to curb my morning sickness.
However, in my guided attempts to avoid becoming a “mom shamer”, I decided to do some digging and get the scoop on pregnancy and marijuana. According to the National Survey of Drug Use, the use of marijuana in pregnant women increased from 2.85% to 5% from 2002 to 2016, a surprising statistic considering that cigarette and alcohol use has decreased among pregnant women.
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But can it harm your unborn child? The short answer is researchers don’t know yet what exactly the effects of marijuana have on a fetus. What they do know is that THC can cross the placenta and get into your baby’s bloodstream.
The decision is often weighed between suffering through nausea, vomiting, anxiety and lack of appetite during a pregnancy and inadequate research on the effect of marijuana on development. Some women also use marijuana to relieve chronic pain and depression through pregnancy.
Find out why these moms chose to continue smoking while carrying their babies and how it affected their children and relationships along the way.
Did you smoke weed while you were pregnant? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.