i didn't read the other posts, but wanted to add this. my midwife makes you sign an agreement about taking care of yourself and what your responsibilities are while under her care, one of which is refraining from any non-perscribed drugs....i guess if cannabis is perscribed, maybe that could still be taken.
however, i live in michigan. my brother's family has had 3 homebirths in oregon and their midwife said it was completely fine and there would be no ill-effects on the baby. she did however, caution against using within a month of giving birth in case they ended up in the hospital, and they found out, they might try to take the children.
IMO, if you're helping your bipolar (which i have struggled with), I say go ahead, i wouldn't necessarily bring it up with your doctor if your not sure they will approve. a midwife would probably just ask you not to if she wasn't ok with it, but wouldn't cancel you as a patient or anything. cannabis is A LOT milder and a lot less dangerous than some of the drugs they put us on to treat depression and such. when i was pregnant with my dd, the doc wanted to put me on paxil, that was three years ago and now they're showing paxil relates to birth defects and withdrawl symptoms. somewhere, fyi i saw a study that showed children of mothers who smoked moderately during their pregnancy showed equal if not superior skills in some academic departments (a long time ago, wish i could remember what) i think visual-spacial awareness may have been one.
cause mental retardation, developmental delays, and facial cranial problems.
It is also thought to cause ADHD, attention problems, memory problems, and may be linked to early miscarriage and low birth weight babies.
I work with the long term effect of cannabis use on children.
I totally agree with the above poster...
Moms that have or do smoke cannabis through their prenancies will without a doubt endure one or many of the above issues. I see it everyday.
this almost makes me laugh (i know that's rude, but i'm not trying to be) if you've ever been to any largely "hippy populated" communities, especially out west, a large number of moms are smoking pretty much all day and their children do not show ANY of these symptoms, and in fact,many have extremely high IQ's. I look at my brother's kids and they are all way above average in intelligence, clearly have no attention or memory problems and each weighed over 8 pounds when born. i know for a fact that my SIL
smoked pretty much all day every day. Now, if you look at someone who smokes crack or drinks alcohol, or even takes pharmaceudical drugs, there can be immediate obvious correlations to what was taken during pregnancy. I wouldn't doubt that these mothers who showed the above problems in their children, showed it out of coincidence OR they were taking/doing a lot of something else.
imo---ya'll can trash me if you want!
good luck, to original poster.
fyi, i did not smoke while pg with dd and do not smoke now