Maternity, MaryJane and Me
At Pregnancy Resource Center we understand that legalizing marijuana has brought new concerns to our clients. Questions arise about the impact of smoking (pot, cannabis, weed, hash) marijuana on the unborn baby as well as after delivery. Statistics show smoking and edibles may have a negative impact on your pregnancy, breastfeeding and the development of your baby.
Can I still smoke during my pregnancy?
Statistics show that even though marijuana is being legalized, according to Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School there are scientific reasons to resist the drug:
- The amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana has quadrupled. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana, the chemical that gives the “high.” (Harvard)
- We don’t know all the effects of THC on infants, but we know enough that the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement warning parents. “Emerging data on the ability of cannabinoids to cross the placenta and affect the development of the fetus raise concerns about both pregnancy outcomes and long-term consequences for the infant or child.” (Harvard quoting American Academy of Pediatrics) https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/142/3/e20181889
- THC can pass easily through the placenta and into the bloodstream of a developing baby. Studies suggest that when it does, it can affect the brain. Because babies are still developing, anything that affects that development can lead to permanent changes. (Harvard)
- Studies also suggest that children who have prenatal exposure to marijuana may have a higher risk of substance use disorder or mental illness. (Harvard)
- THC can affect something called executive function. These are skills such as concentration, attention, impulse control, and problem solving; they are crucial skills for learning and life success. (Harvard)
- Research shows marijuana use during pregnancy may make it hard for your child to pay attention or to learn, these issues may only become noticeable as your child grows older. (CDC)
- “Using marijuana during pregnancy may increase your baby’s risk of developmental problems. The chemicals in any form of marijuana may be bad for your baby – this includes edible marijuana products (such as cookies, brownies, or candies).” (CDC)
- Breathing marijuana smoke can also be bad for you and your baby. Marijuana smoke has many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke and may increase the chances for developmental problems in your baby. (CDC)
- Chemicals from marijuana can be passed to your baby through breast milk. THC is stored in fat and is slowly released over time, meaning an infant could be exposed for a longer period of time. (CDC)
- THC also passes into breast milk. That means that it’s still not okay to smoke marijuana after birth, because the brains of infants are actively developing — actually they are actively developing for the first three or so years of life. Harvard Medical School
Legalizing marijuana sends a message that it is safe, however, the risk to your developing baby is the concern. As with any drug or substance use, smoking or ingesting marijuana should be discussed with your physician.
At Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic, we aim to provide you with current information and facts, allowing you to make an educated decision on behalf of your health and the health of your growing baby. If you would like to discuss healthy pregnancy options and prenatal care education, you can reach the Center by calling or texting 949.334.7722 or click to schedule a no-cost to you appointment.
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Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic is a licensed medical clinic offering services and pregnancy help at no cost to you. The Clinic provides free pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, and information on pregnancy options. Our Clinic is not an abortion provider, and does not provide referrals to abortion clinics. All services are confidential and at no cost to you.
*Our OB limited Ultrasounds are scheduled based on a positive pregnancy test taken at PRC, dating of last menstrual period, and other health factors.
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If you are sexually active and are concerned that you may be pregnant, make an appointment for a pregnancy test at Pregnancy Resource Center Medical Clinic. The Clinic will answer your questions and provide you with factual information in order for you to make an informed decision. If you are pregnant, you may qualify for a limited ultrasound at no cost to you. All of our services are free and confidential.