Smoking Pot Might Help Curb Morning Sickness, but Here's Why You Shouldn't Try It

Woman holding marijuana jointMany of us heed expert warnings that try to keep us safe. Some tips seem like "no-brainers," while others are left up to personal convictions and interpretations. One area, however, that continues to remain vague is whether or not marijuana during pregnancy is safe. Would you consider using pot to help with morning sickness and other discomforts while pregnant?


With marijuana becoming legal throughout many states, some women are using the drug -- both during and after their pregnancies -- to cope with nausea, depression, and even pain. It's estimated that 1 in 14 pregnant women in Alaska uses marijuana at some point during her pregnancy.

The American Medical Association is urging for warning labels to be put on both medical and recreational marijuana products that pregnant women and breastfeeding moms might use. In addition, they would also like for marijuana dispensaries to post signage. These AMA recommendations are based on studies that reveal a correlation between marijuana usage and complications -- including premature birth, low birth weight, breast milk quality, and behavioral problems.

Both the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advise doctors to speak to moms-to-be about the dangers to fetal development marijuana can have if consumed. Experts also believe there are links to the THC in marijuana and a child's neurological development, which can lead to issues with problem-solving and memory skills down the road.

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As much as advocates would love to place warnings on marijuana products, just like you see on items with tobacco and alcohol, both supporters and critics seem to agree that there isn't a ton of data that can confirm marijuana use while pregnant or breastfeeding is 100 percent harmful.

I'm not a smoker, and therefore can't imagine how hard it would be to kick the habit for such a long period of time (and even beyond pregnancy, for the sake of health). With that said, there's something about the bun in my oven "getting high" that doesn't sit well with me. At the end of the day, people are going to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol while pregnant -- regardless of what a doctor says.

There are obviously circumstances that aren't black and white (using marijuana for a medical purpose, for example) and might need further research, but overall, this is a good start.

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If warning labels on marijuana can make more mommies-to-be think about potential effects on their baby, I don't see anything wrong with it.



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