Weed while pregnant?
If I had the option to smoke weed instead, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Actually, you know what, I'd eat it. Then you don't have smoke compromising oxygen supplies to the baby. It's totally up to you, but I definitely see it as a more viable option than a prescription.
Roisin, like you, my only "evidence" is anecdotal, most of the women in my DH's family smoked pot (and more) during pregnancy, and the kids have turned out pretty normal, but of course there are other factors influencing a child's life in that kind of family situation, so it's hard to know what's what. I think it's something that mom has to decide w/ her care provider weighing risks and benefits. I'm very grateful that I have no reason to need weed/pharmaceutical meds.
my only "evidence" is anecdotal, most of the women in my DH's family smoked pot (and more) during pregnancy, and the kids have turned out pretty normal, but of course there are other factors influencing a child's life in that kind of family situation, so it's hard to know what's what. I think it's something that mom has to decide w/ her care provider weighing risks and benefits. I'm very grateful that I have no reason to need weed/pharmaceutical meds.
Ditto, its something you need to really think/pray/counsel about. I don't think I could bring myself to, just in case I was wrong about it being okay, even if my ob said to (which... yours says no... so I'd take that as good counsel in the "no" department).
So glad I never had to have this conversation with my OB.
Edited by fayebond - 6/20/13 at 8:53am
Right - they do not routinely test at every birth for drug use (at least in CT). They do have to have an indication- would be too costly otherwise. In my case, I am on a prescription due to past drug abuse, therefore, I will most likely be tested because of this (they test the placenta and/or meconium after birth, while still in the birthing center). An indication can come from ANY source, keep in mind. A nosy neighbor, someone that is not happy with you, anyone (RN who overhears a conversation) who does not agree with your choice, etc... So, unless the marijuana is prescription, and they did test for whatever reason - if the test came back with evidence of "illegal" drug use, the state could take your baby into custody. No more questions asked at the time - and a lengthy legal battle with state family services to come.
I once worked with a client this happened to. She supposedly smoked "early" and only "once or twice" during her pregnancy. They tested the meconium at birth (she was not notified they were testing, nor did she ever find out how she was "flagged" for testing). The state came in and she did not leave the hospital with her baby. It took her over a year to gain custody of her daughter. !!! I watched her go through hell. The hoops they made her jump through were insane. Her life, every part of it from housing, to relationships, to what she did on a day-to-day basis, had to be BEYOND mothering/human "perfection." (Poor woman was terrified she would purchase the "wrong" color bath mat, "Don't YOU KNOW, BLUE is not the preferred color for infants to be around!" - she even once was questioned about her choice of which knife she chose to use during a home visit, when cutting up a tomato. The worker visiting claimed the mom used "too large a knife for the job at hand" !!! ) ANYTHING, in my opinion, that draws the state's attention, is just not worth it.
For me, I would not, even if the above where not a factor. Unless you could get "prescription grade" marijuana, or grew it yourself - I would not trust what was on it. You never know what it could be sprayed with, ANY type of additives, as the drug made it's way from grower to you. A little PCP with your morning dose?? Can you imagine?? Yikes!
But as others said - it's all risks vs. benefits in your personal decision.
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