Since becoming pregnant I've attempted a lot of research regarding pot smoking during pregnancy. It's safe to say the evidence is quite divided.
Maybe I'm looking for the "it's okay to smoke here and there during pregnancy" information, as that's what I'd like to hear, but I came across a very interesting study regarding cannabinoids, of which THC is one. According to this study, women's breast milk has two types of endogenous cannabinoids inherent in our breast milk composition. Scientists believe this is of life importance for a newborn, to kick start their nourishing themselves. Apparently these cannabinoids give the same effect that THC gives us, causing us to have "the munchies", and encouraging the suckling in a newborn to want to eat (and eat, and eat).
This I found fascinating. The scientists in the study indicated that there seemed to be some correlation between these endogenous cannabinoids and uterine development, though they admitted more research needed to be done to better understand the relationship (and whether external sources of cannabinoids would have an equally positive impact on uterine development, etc etc.)
The fear surrounding the issue of ingesting marijuana while pregnant could prove to be quite limiting on very important science. Taking a hit to increase hunger, decrease morning sickness, calm nerves, ease depression, etc etc vs. taking a prescribed chemically manufactured pill of which a whole industry is propped up by limiting the furthering of a plant based medicine research, and telling us their manufactured pill is the only safe and tested way to proceed during a pregnancy... Hmmmm.... My innate sense is that there is something very biased about this information.
Aside from limited scientific research, I've read case after case of pregnant mothers claiming they've smoked their entire pregnancy with healthy happy babies. Unless those who have smoked and harmed their babies are just remaining quiet, why aren't more self studies indicating that this is one of the biggest no-no's during pregnancy?
Edited by happyday8598 - 1/25/14 at 3:39pm