Smoking marijuana while pregnant ... know the facts.
Marijuana while pregnant is also unethical
Smoking marijuana while pregnant is admittedly something that a lot of nursing mothers and mothers-to-be practice. You must have it clear from the onset that your baby eats what you eat, drink what you drink and smoke what you smoke.There is no option or alternative to this rule of nature which has reigned supreme since man became man.
I have already given useful comprehensive effects of smoking weed background information else where on this site on marijuana and weed in general. Many are confused whether marijuana is a drug. All the answers are in the link. You may read and return here.
Now moving on...there is a fierce debate on smoking marijuana while pregnant. The debate covers effects of smoking on the unborn child and the ethics of doing it in the first place. While it is unethical to subject another independent soul to something they might never want to do; the main concern is really on the ill-effects of smoking marijuana while pregnant.
Just as tobacco cigarettes contain nicotine. Marijuana contains THC. It is true that other drugs have more harmful effects than marijuana.
It is however neither here nor there. Marijuana is still harmful. It is a matter of which rope to hang with. Long or short. At the end of the day the hanging will sure happen.
Those who take marijuana while pregnant have reported relief against morning sickness. Some have also claimed that their babies have grown up to be geniuses. All these are blinding anchors against the true effects of the drug contained in marijuana to the unborn. While exposing the general approach by many people, these cheer-leader comments and layman generalities ignore long-term effects of smoking marijuana while pregnant.
It is of uttermost importance to get first hand professional medical advise from your physician before practically applying information exchanged in forums. Studies in the UK at the University of Aberdeen pointed to the fact that smoking marijuana while pregnant could affect your baby's fetal brain. Hampered brain development whilst in the womb will likely manifest itself later as lower mental capacity resulting in slow learning.
Currently there is relatively inadequate wealth of research around this topic. As such, cases in which babies are born fine and grow well may never be used to conclude that all is well if a mother smokes marijuana while pregnant.
The effects might as well be random yet deadly. It is simply an indication of the inconclusiveness of the current on going research work on the subject.
However, the effects of marijuana in adults are well known and documented. This alone should send some warning signals about possible future revelations on taking marijuana while pregnant. To further explain, some 25 years ago we knew a fraction of what we know today about HIV transmission, for instance.
Mother to child transmission via breast feeding was scantly understood yet positive mothers continued to breast feed. As new evidence emerged about the effects of HIV and breast feeding HIV positive mothers ceased to breast feed. We can safely conclude that an avoidable loss was incurred all those years until evidence proved otherwise.
So this is the persuasion to you as a mother. It is unwise to take such a risk on something that is still under on going exhaustive study.
It's best to take the necessary precaution now rather than look retrospectively in deep regret.
Some selected effects of smoking marijuana while pregnant
The following are some pointers as to what to possibly expect when as an expecting mother you smoke marijuana;
Baby/child attention problems
Problems with nervous system development
Increased leukemia risk
Low birth weight
Baby sleeping disorders
Fetal brain damage
Apparently the safest side to be on is that of non-smoking. Quitting is essential even though an overwhelming number of cheer-leaders would suggest otherwise across the internet pages.
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