Before we dive into this topic, please remember that we are not medical professionals, nor are we trying to “push” marijuana-use onto anyone. A pregnant woman’s journey is highly personal and subjective. There is no “right way” to go through those nine months of development, and the choice to smoke cannabis during pregnancy is entirely up to you. Let’s see what doctors have to say about the connection between cannabis and pregnancy.
Side Effects Of Pregnancy
In the early stages of pregnancy, when breastfeeding is not part of the picture yet, some women choose to smoke cannabis to help with certain side effects. We know by now that cannabis can help with…
- Decreased appetite
- Lowered energy levels
…of all of which may come with pregnancy, as well. It’s easy to see why some women turn to cannabis to help with morning sickness and early cramping. According to Medical News Today, a 2017 survey concluded that 7% of California-based women smoke during pregnancy. The stage, however, wasn’t mentioned. Pregnancy can be divided up into trimesters…
- The first trimester is from week 1 to the end of week 12
- The second trimester is from week 13 to the end of week 26
- The third trimester is from week 27 to the end of the pregnancy
If cannabis is something you’d like to try during your pregnancy, it’s generally safer and more common to smoke during the first trimester. But as the baby further develops, you might want to put the grass away.
Cannabis And Fetal Development
Since cannabis enters a user’s bloodstream, there’s a chance it can affect the fetus, as well. Frequent cannabis use during the later stages of pregnancy can lead to low birth weight, premature birth, small head circumference, small length, and stillbirth. A fetus has nothing to gain from cannabis in its mother’s blood… but it may have something to lose.
Cannabis And Breastfeeding
In order to produce breastmilk, the body must tap into a woman’s fat cells. Cannabis, including the THC chemical compound, also attaches to fat cells to make users feel “high.” This binding action suggests that cannabis could enter a woman’s breast milk and thus be consumed by her baby. In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, most doctors recommend against cannabis use while breastfeeding.
Is Cannabis Safe During Pregnancy?
If you absolutely must consume cannabis during pregnancy, medical research suggests the safest time to do it is during the first trimester, when the fetus hasn’t developed past cells. The further along in the pregnancy, the riskier cannabis becomes. Some women turn to cannabis in their first trimester only as a way to make it past the morning sickness phase. Once that’s done and dusted, they put it away for the foreseeable future.
CBD And Pregnancy
While THC may lead to unwanted side effects in fetal development, CBD hasn’t shown to have the same response. In fact, CBD might be a better solution to morning sickness and such. CBD has shown to help with the same side effects as cannabis flower. You get all the same pain and nausea relief without THC’s psychoactive effects. Pregnant women may turn to CBD-infused gummies, chocolates, and even water! Why not give in to those pregnancy cravings and find some relief at the same time? Two birds, one stone.
As amazing and magical as pregnancy can be, it undoubtedly comes with lifestyle sacrifices. No alcohol, no coffee, no raw fish, and possibly no cannabis. But hey, the miracle of childbirth might be worth it! If you’re thinking about using cannabis during your journey, please get a doctor’s opinion first. They may be able to recommend low-THC, high-CBD products for your symptoms.