Weed and Pregnancy
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There have been many studies that look at the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy. While weed may seem like a safe drug when in fact it can have harmful effects on your baby during and after pregnancy. The use of this substance among all adult age groups, both sexes as well as pregnant women has been rising steadily over time. Weed crosses the placenta and can affect your baby's development. It can also lead to problems with birth weight, premature birth, and stillbirth. After your baby is born, weed can make it hard for them to sleep, eat, and gain weight. It can also affect their behavior and learning. This article provides a detailed breakdown of what you need to know about weed and pregnancy.
THC and Pregnancy
Marijuana has been shown to act on an important receptor in the brain that can be found as early as 14 weeks after conception - before any other stage of life. The THC present within this chemical circulates throughout most pregnancies and ends up crossing over into fetal bloodstreams, where it could potentially have effects like those seen in cigarettes or edibles during pregnancy. The developing infant is exposed to 10%-15%THC levels compared with what would otherwise occur if adults took marijuana without being pregnant.
The end result? The baby can be born with mental disabilities because their brain hasn't had enough time to develop properly while exposed to weed! Studies have linked weed use during pregnancy to possible neurological impairments in children, who are then at risk for lower intelligence scores and other problems later on down the road as well. THC has also been linked to tremors, low birth weight, and lower muscle in newborns.
CBD and Pregnancy
The use of CBD, the major non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, is on the rise. It has been reported that pregnant women may view this remedy as more natural than other remedies for concerns such as nausea and pain, but consequences have not yet been established through research.
Using Weed during Pregnancy
The use of marijuana during pregnancy has become more common than ever before. Pregnant women are turning to the drug for its medicinal benefits, but there are still many questions about how it affects pregnant mothers and their babies. Below are some of the top reasons why weed is used during pregnancy:
*Treating Nausea & Vomiting
It has been established that weed use is more common during the first trimester of pregnancy than later on. One possible explanation is that women may use weed to reduce nausea and vomiting, which are common symptoms during early pregnancy. Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms during the first trimester and can often be difficult to manage. Some women find that marijuana is effective in reducing these symptoms. However, it is important to remember that marijuana is a potent drug and should be used with caution during pregnancy. While there is limited research on the safety of weed during pregnancy, some experts believe it may be harmful to the developing fetus. Therefore, pregnant women need to consult their healthcare provider before using weed or any other substance.
*Depression during Pregnancy
Pregnant women are at higher risk for depression than people in the general population. This is because of the many changes that their bodies go through during pregnancy. Hormone levels fluctuate, and there is an increase in stress and anxiety. Some women also have a history of depression, making it more likely to occur during pregnancy. While marijuana is sometimes used as a treatment for depression, it is not safe for pregnant women as it can affect the developing baby. Better alternatives for treating depression during pregnancy include counseling, behavioral therapy, and safe prescription medications. These treatments can help improve mood and reduce stress without posing any risks to the developing baby.
Weed is often touted as a natural way to relieve various symptoms, including pain experienced during pregnancy. However, there is little evidence to support these claims, and weed may actually do more harm than good during pregnancy. For instance, enter the baby's bloodstream, leading to developmental problems. Additionally, weed-smoking has been linked to an increased risk of preterm birth and low birthweight. So while marijuana may be effective in treating some pregnancy symptoms, it's not worth the risks. There are other, safer options available that are just as effective.
It is important to note:
At HØJ, we believe that your safety comes first! Most of the studies done concerning using weed during pregnancy are not conclusive. Until further research is undertaken, it’s best to err on the side of caution and avoid weed during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If you're pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about the risks of using weed. Your doctor will help you get off weed and find safe alternatives to reduce anxiety or alleviate the normal discomforts of pregnancy. Quitting weed is hard, but it's important for the health of you and your baby. With your doctor's help, you can ensure you and your baby are healthy and happy during your pregnancy.
Author: Sheila O.