Most mothers already know to avoid certain items such as alcohol while pregnant or breastfeeding, but then again a small glass of wine is fine. So, what other vices are safe to use? Studies suggest that there is a rise in marijuana and breastfeeding, as well as use while pregnant.
The Rise Of Marijuana and Breastfeeding
Pot, weed, Mary Jane, the refer, whatever you call it, it’s gaining more popularity as it’s recently become medically legal in 33 states and recreationally legal in 10. That’s a lot of states restricting their laws. Plus, marijuana has been decriminalized in every state.
For this reason, pot is becoming a lot more casual. As it evolves to be more socially acceptable, it can be as commons to see people with marijuana as seeing someone with a cellphone or pair of glasses. Even though it has traditionally been used for medicinal purposes as far back as 500 B.C.! But the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 (as a result of the Mexican revolution) outlawed it.
Since hanging with Mary Jane has become more popular again, one study found that the use of marijuana among pregnant mothers nearly doubled from 4% to 7% between 2009 to 2016, which was on the cusp of it’s rise in popularity.
So why exactly are mothers smoking weed while pregnant?
Potential Benefits Of Marijuana
Mothers claim that smoking weed while pregnant may:
- Assist with chronic pain
- Relieve migraines
- Relieve severe nausea
- Relieve insomnia
- Increase appetite
- Relieve stress
Mothers claim that smoking weed and breastfeeding may:
- Relieve postpartum depression without harsh pills.
- Help better connect with their children
- Relieve anxiety
- Relieve postpartum pain
- Relieve insomnia
The Potential Risks With Marijuana and Pregnancy
Even though these benefits could help out millions of moms, physicians and the FDA advise against the use of pot during pregnancy and breastfeeding because the effects on infant development are unknown. The possible benefits also need to be further researched.
However, even though sometimes THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana may not affect your baby’s development it will cross the placenta., If used while pregnant, marijuana may also contribute to issues such as:
- Low birthweight
- Increase the risk for developmental issues
- Impair motor functions
- Impair cognitive abilities
Also, please note that smoking weed while breastfeeding can cause THC to enter your breastmilk and get passed on to your infant, which may:
- Increase the chances of your baby to develop ADHD or other learning disorders.
- Impair your ability to properly care for your child.
- Increase the risk of poor impulse control.
- Reduce the amount of oxygen your blood carries, and limit the amount your baby receives.
More research needs to be performed to discover the potential long-term health effects from using pot while expecting or breastfeeding.
Despite the potential risks, many mothers turn to marijuana because they consider it to be a safer alternative to other harsh drugs, such as pain medications or antidepressants. However, more research needs to be done. The evidence is inconclusive as to if using pot is safe or not. In the view of most licensed professionals, the benefits do not outweigh the risks.
These risks may occur with any form of marijuana consumption including vaping, smoking, eating an edible (which actually passes more TCH to infants), dabbing, taking oil, and more. But it’s important to note that most research has been formed on smoking pot, not on ingesting it in other ways.
Until we know more about the subject, using pot while expecting or breastfeeding should probably be avoided.
What About CBD?
CBD is a naturally occurring compound in hemp plants that incorporates all of the possible benefits of THC, only it doesn’t get you high. It has no mind-altering effects and is actually federally legal.
So far, CBD has only been FDA approved to treat epilepsy, but studies suggest that it may assist with relieving chronic pain, anxiety, and depression without the harsh side effects that opioids and antidepressants may cause.
However, the effects of CBD oil during pregnancy and while breastfeeding are unknown, even though CBD will be passed to your child. CBD might be a safer option, but more research needs to performed first. As CBD is legal, will research will be performed soon.
Always speak with your doctor before taking something new.