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post #41 of 113
I think smoking a pack of ciggs a day would be alot worse.. BUT why smoke anything that you are UNSURE about. I've seen a lot posts where mothers felt guilty after smoking because they weren't sure what it would do to the baby... So why do it? IMO
post #42 of 113
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Originally Posted by Anglyn View Post
Oh my gosh! But have you ever had to care for a baby born addicted to crack? I have worked with them, one little girl who screamed 24/7 and pulled her own hair out until she was bald! The fostermom/aunt was so sleep deprived she had to let her go to a fosterhome. It is true that by about age one or two, the effects go away and they can be normal children. But that first year..... you cant imagine all the issues!!!

Ok, I know you werent saying since they turn out ok in the end, its ok to smoke crack during pregnancy, lol! Just had to respond in case anyone misconstrued it that way.... baby may turn out ok later on, but those first couple years are pure hell on baby and everyone else. Dont smoke crack!!

Pot, on the other hand....I had a friend (really, it wasnt me) who had hyperemesis and was losing weight and at the point where they truly thought she would lose the baby.....one day when she was so nauseated and miserable she couldnt take it anymore, she took a hit off a joint. One or two hits thats it, the nausea went away and she ate a little. So she started doing that two or three times every day. Next docs visit, she had actually gained and her doctor told her to keep doing it!

So, for that reason, yeah, I would do it. Her baby turned out fine.

Of course, its probally better not to, but I doubt its any worse than cafenated drinks and its waaaay better than cigaretts imo.


I agree with EVERYTHING you said. That's heartbreaking about that poor innocent baby. Just heartbreaking.
post #43 of 113
It seems like the main form of logic in this thread is to say yeah but it would be worse if I; and then name a list of stuff. Well, yeah, it would be worse if you took up drinking Drano and stabbing your belly with a switchblade. But, that doesn't really make everything short of that a good idea either.
post #44 of 113
my mom for sure smoked up when pregnant with me. I have had a lot of issues as a child because of her excessive pot smoking. note that i say excessive though. and im not talking about the pregnancy part but just her smoking in general when i was a kid. in the house, in front of my friends, etc. a lot of my friends parents would find out and then wouldnt allow their kids to come over or hang out with me, she would drive while high, she would take me to the dealer with her etc etc. i think my issue with parents smoking pot is that you are there to be a role model and to guide your children to become responsible healthy beings. so would you want your child to smoke pot? some people would say yes. some people would say no, and some wouldnt care either way. so i guess it depends on which of those catagories you fall into.

but yeah i mean other than stated issues as far as my development and stuff goes I am fine, and I would say unusually artistic. (i can play almost any instrument without instruction)
post #45 of 113
my friend confided in me that she smoked pot during pregnancy, her daughter who is 5 does not speak well, I can't understand her, she also has other learning difficulties and and they keep doing tests to see if she is autistic. I wouldnt recommend it to anybody, Yeah some kids turn out fine others dont, why risk it?
post #46 of 113
I'd only do it if it were safer than any other alternative - say if you had some health condition and otherwise had to take a medicine that was even worse during pregnancy and marijuana was an alternative that wasn't as bad. But as far as recreational use? No, I can't even imagine.
post #47 of 113
Theoretically, if I had smoked during pregnancy, my kids would have turned out developmentally normal-to-advanced. Hypothetically.
post #48 of 113
I absolutely had to take medicine for a health condition while I was pregnant that I'd never give to a newborn. I'm sure many mothers do. I wouldn't smoke marijuana when pregnant either (well I don't smoke regardless) but that isn't really a good argument against it. I don't give solid foods or water to a newborn either. But I ingest both.
post #49 of 113
i dont see why someone would use it for nausea, why not use something proven safe? there's probably tons of alternatives.
post #50 of 113
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theoretically, if i had smoked during pregnancy, my kids would have turned out developmentally normal-to-advanced. Hypothetically.
rofl!
post #51 of 113
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Originally Posted by gruver View Post
i recently had a discussion about this with a friend. i don't know, for sure, a lot of women that smoked pot while pregnant, just some that i suspect did. the friend i was talking to said the only commonality she has seen across women she knows who smoked while pregnant was a lazy eye. of course, my DS has a slightly lazy eye and i didn't smoke while pregnant with him.
I had a seriously lazy eye, which was corrected by surgery in my 20s. My mom wouldn't even consider smoking pot, when pregnant or otherwise. I've also known people who I'm pretty sure smoked pot in pregnancy (they've never said so, but call it an educated guess). None of their children have lazy eyes.

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my friend confided in me that she smoked pot during pregnancy, her daughter who is 5 does not speak well, I can't understand her, she also has other learning difficulties and and they keep doing tests to see if she is autistic. I wouldnt recommend it to anybody, Yeah some kids turn out fine others dont, why risk it?
Do you or your friend have any reason to think that's because of the pot? My sister never smoked pot when she was pregnant - heck, she hasn't smoked pot in a couple of decades. None of her children spoke clearly at age 5. Her twins will be 6 in June, and are just becoming clearly comprehensible. Her oldest is almost 14, and still has a speech impediment from learning to speak so late (speech therapy in school - I could understand maybe 1 word in 12 before that, and I spent time with him every day). No pot. No substance abuse, including alcohol. One of her children is actually brilliant, but nobody knew it until he started school...and it's almost the end of first grade, and he's still difficult to understand when he speaks.

My biggest reason for avoiding things like pot (aside from not liking pot at all) isn't that I think it will harm my children. It's that, if my child isn't freaking perfect, there will always be some busybody ready to blame it on something I did when I was pregnant.
post #52 of 113
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i dont see why someone would use it for nausea, why not use something proven safe? there's probably tons of alternatives.
What's been proven to be safer than pot?
post #53 of 113
My husband has close friends (a couple) who smoked before, during, and after both babies. The oldest is on track developmentally and the youngest was born with a severe port wine stain (and the associated difficulties), FWIW. I am not assessing these facts, just reporting them per the OP's request.
post #54 of 113
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
What's been proven to be safer than pot?
exactly.

You can research legal meds often prescribed for morning sickness (or other pregnancy related conditions) and come up with scary side effects and their impact on the fetus. The problem with MJ is that there is just not a lot of info out there; but what does exist, points to it being safer than pretty much any pharmaceutical on the market today (including Tylenol, which is deemed safe during pregnancy).
post #55 of 113
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Originally Posted by Juvysen View Post
That reminds me... my MIL was mentioning that someone in town who allegedly smokes pot had babies with clef palates and she went off on this entire rant about how weed causes that. Not sure if she knew or not at the time that we were huge pot heads (we were in college, and definitely into the weed at that time), but she was ranting and ranting about it. I've never met anyone that I actually KNOW smokes pot and had a baby with clef palate, but I do have a friend who I'm pretty sure DOESN'T and had a son with a clef lip. She's sure she did everything right and was heartbroken when her son had a birth defect of this nature. I feel bad that people like my mother-in-law probably assume that she was smoking up all that time (whether or not that's wrong) and it caused that. *sigh* Like somehow it's HER FAULT. Bleh.
My DD was born with a tongue and lip tie...but I don't think that has anything to do with my pot use. Her father and his siblings all had issues with tongue and lip tie so it's obviously genetic. They just weren't diagnosed as babies because they were bottlefed.
post #56 of 113
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
exactly.

You can research legal meds often prescribed for morning sickness (or other pregnancy related conditions) and come up with scary side effects and their impact on the fetus.
I'm going to do a lot more research on drugs, in general, before I have this baby. After a c-section, moms here are routinely given a drug called Voltaren (generic name is dicoflenac) by suppository. I was given it after dd, without being told, until it came time to insert the second one (they gave me the first while the spinal was still active). I got it with ds2, as well. When I had Aaron, they gave it to me in the hospital, and then sent me home with a prescription for it. So...I took it, but after a couple of days, I found myself wondering why they'd given me a prescription this time, when I'd been in surgical recovery the other two times, as well. I did a bit of digging and found that it can cause gastro-intestinal side effects, and is not proven safe for breastfeeding mothers - the drug does pass into breastmilk, and the safe level isn't known.

So, I can't have a glass of wine, according to many, because the safe level of alcohol consumption isn't known. But, it's okay to give me drugs while I'm establishing breastfeeding, that have no known safe level for breastfeeding mothers - and not even tell me?? I don't trust medications.

It also seems more than a little bizarre to me that they routinely give something that's known to cause gastro-intestinal problems (inc. ulcers) to women who are already recovering from abdominal surgery. WTH?

Anyway - the real problem I had with it is that they're also concerned. Nothing else explains why they gave me a prescription to take home when I had no living baby...but didn't give me such a prescription when I was a breastfeeding mother. To me, that says that they aren't even sure it's safe...and I think a woman has the right to be informed of that fact.

But...if there'd been any suspicion that I'd smoked pot (gasp in horror now, ladies), they'd have probably come down on me like a ton of bricks. Guess it's only okay to potentially endanger babies if you have a medical degree.
post #57 of 113
I smoked it when we conceived DS, but not while I was pg with him. H smoked it in the house before DS arrived and I'm sure I inhaled some of it at one point, but DS came out just fine. He weighed in at a healthy weight. As had no health issues, no developmental issues....he's off the charts on height, weight, BMI, etc., Couldn't ask for a more perfect and healthy child!!
post #58 of 113
On the general topic of pot, I'll also add a personal observation.

Most of the heavy recreational users I've known (not all, but a significant majority - at least 80%) have had crappy diets. They eat really, really badly. If they continue to do so when pregnant (some have, some haven't), I'd expect that to impact on their babies, too. If someone smokes pot, and also exists on a diet of chips, candy, McD's burgers and pop (soda), who's to say what causes what if their baby has issues, yk? I've known pregnant women who probably - not exaggerating - ate less than five servings of fruits and veggies per week (per month, in a couple cases). I truly believe that's more damaging than pot...although the fact that pot is generally smoked does concern me. Smoking really isn't good for a person's body.
post #59 of 113
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
I had a seriously lazy eye, which was corrected by surgery in my 20s. My mom wouldn't even consider smoking pot, when pregnant or otherwise. I've also known people who I'm pretty sure smoked pot in pregnancy (they've never said so, but call it an educated guess). None of their children have lazy eyes.

right. like i said, my DS has one and i didn't smoke with him. i was simply answering the question about potential outcomes. this whole thread is anecdata.
post #60 of 113
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Originally Posted by jeliphish View Post
Try working for social services and seeing these "crack babies" in real life and then telling me that they are "fine" in the long run. A couple of articles are not the end all be all of medical science. :
I've worked with many substance-exposed babies. The WORST effects that I see (and the medical literature/research does back this up) are from the malnutrition/abuse/homelessness that their mothers experience. Harm reduction works well in improving outcomes- house and feed the mothers and the babies are bigger, healthier and have better outcomes despite the drug use.

The effects of crack seen in the research are pretty much exactly the same as extreme poverty- go figure...

(not that I'm advocating smoking crack during pregnancy, but I sure am advocating harm reduction for addicted mothers)
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