One of the big issues when a woman is pregnant is whether or not she is able to do certain things. This can range from partaking in different types of activities to what she can and cannot put into her body.
While there are no standards that are concrete, there are some generally accepted principles, such as not consuming alcohol when pregnant. With the increasing popularity of marijuana throughout the world and a widespread movement to have it become more socially acceptable than it ever has been before, there are more and more women who are wondering if they can still consume marijuana when they are pregnant.
Of course, there are numerous studies which have been set up with the goal in mind of trying to answer this question, but the long-term effects may not be known for many years to come.
There was a research letter in December of 2017 that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which showed that the frequency of pregnant women using marijuana had increased between the years of 2009 and 2016 “by several percent.” This subsequently led to an article being published by Reuters which had the headline “Pot Smoking on the Rise among US Pregnant Women.”
This of course captured the attention of millions of people and led to a lot of debate on this topic. Many women who were pregnant became confused when they saw this piece, and there was also concern among healthcare professionals.
One of the standout quotes from the entire piece was said by one of the researches from the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who said that as further studies are conducted looking at the use of marijuana during the pregnancy period, the more that they are starting to understand just how dangerous it can be.
There are, of course, some footnotes that need to be considered when it comes to this article. The study did not look at women from all across the country; instead they focused on a small group of women that lived in North California and a lot of whom would not have even been aware that they were pregnant when they were still consuming marijuana and who would subsequently stop after they discovered that they in fact were actually pregnant.
The researchers as part of this story admitted that their study is still in the very early stages.
It is natural that there is going to be a lot of concern about this issue. Everybody wants to give their children the best possible chance of being healthy and successful. Anything that is harmful should be avoided if at all possible.
The main compound in cannabis is THC, and there is evidence which shows that it is able to cross over the placental barrier and into the fetal bloodstream. Therefore, it is a natural question to ask what sort of effect this THC can have on a developing baby
As of now, there is a lot that we do not know. There is no definitive answer you can point towards when it comes to answering this question. Usually, medical professionals are going to err on the side of caution and be conservative when it comes to the use of cannabis for treating medical conditions, and they will be even more wary when it comes to a pregnant woman. They will often instantly reject the idea of using it at all during pregnancy, whereas others will say that it is negligent behaviour on the behalf of the mother.
While there has been some anecdotal evidence which points towards both ends of the spectrum, until there are long-term studies carried out, there will still be uncertainty that remains. Whenever this is the situation, it is always better to err on the side of caution rather than taking a risk that it will work out okay. The last thing you want to do is regretting not having stopped consuming marijuana for a few months when it likely led to significant issues with your children.
As a whole, the role of marijuana in the health profession is still in its infancy. Studies have only been conducted over the past three decades or so, with most of the meaningful studies only beginning in recent years. Now that medical marijuana is becoming more and more acceptable due to the great potential benefits it could have for a myriad of health conditions, medical professionals are becoming softer in their stance towards cannabis consumption.
However, for a medical professional to tell a woman that it is okay to consume marijuana when they are pregnant would be unethical and would not be allowed by the majority of professional associations.
It could open up the medical professional to being hit with lawsuits and the likes if things didn’t turn out well, as there is no conclusive evidence that it is safe for a pregnant woman to continue consuming marijuana throughout pregnancy.
At the end of the day, if you are asking this question, the answer you are likely going to receive will be to avoid consuming marijuana when pregnant. The potential drawbacks will more than likely outweigh the benefits from consumption. You don’t want to take the health of your baby for granted.
There has been research looking at the impact marijuana consumption can have on the developing brains of teenagers, and very often it appears that it can lead to issues. There is nothing in the development stage more so than a fetus, so it seems a logical step that marijuana consumption cannot be good for an unborn baby.
When pregnant, the parents should be doing everything possible to have the baby come out healthy and strong, rather than taking any risks that may not pay off. You can consume marijuana for the rest of your life, so what is stopping for a few months in the grand scheme of things?
The answer to this question may of course change as time goes on and more comprehensive studies are conducted and released. However, for now, it is probably best to err on the side of caution and not consume marijuana if you are pregnant.