By Phillip Acevedo on 02/06/2017 at 1:37pm
I’m a 29-year-old man. I have absolutely no clue what it’s like to be pregnant. I heard it sucks sometimes.
But, I stumbled upon an article in the New York Times about women who turn to Marijuana to ease off on the side effects of being pregnant such as morning sickness, nausea and pain.
So, as pot becomes more and more acceptable within our government and communities, is now “safe” for pregnant women to turn to Marijuana so they can deal with the sucky parts about being pregnant?
As more and more states begin to legalize Marijuana, or the recreational/medical use of, more and more expectant mothers are looking for alternate ways in putting up with the side effects in the 9-month maternity process.
But, we have had this conception that pregnant women smoking ANYTHING can cause some serious consequences for the infant, right? As Americans finally begin to realize that Marijuana is less hazardous than we used to think, it is clearly becoming more socially acceptable.
A recent federal survey says that pregnant women, particularly younger ones, believe that smoking Marijuana during pregnancy is, in moderation, O.K.
However, preliminary research is saying otherwise. The fact is, that Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol, or simply put THC, can cross the placenta to reach the fetus, according to experts. This process can harm brain development, cognition and birth weight. THC can even be present in breast milk.
Dr. Torri Metz, an obstetrician at Denver Health Medical Center, specializes in high-risk pregnancies. She says, “There is an increased perception of the safety of cannabis use, even in pregnancy, without data to say it’s actually safe.”
But, it is still difficult to prove the evidence in effects of prenatal pregnancy. Research centers in Pittsburgh have studied that 6-year-olds born to mothers who smoked one joint or more daily in the first trimester showed a decreased ability to understand concepts in listening and reading.
Surveys dating from 2014 say that depression, anxiety, stress, pain, nausea and vomiting are the main reasons women reported the use of Marijuana during pregnancy.
Elizabeth Nash, a policy analyst at the Guttmacher Institute who researches substance abuse during pregnancy, says, “Women are thinking of this as medical marijuana in that they are treating some condition.”
Nash continues, “If you’re going to consider it like medicine then treat it like medicine and talk to your doctor.”