Some women use marijuana to ease common side effects of pregnancy, including nausea or trouble sleeping. However, there is no safe time for marijuana use in pregnancy – not even a bit. If you experience nausea, have trouble sleeping, or other side effects, your doctor can help you find a safe medication or other ways that will work more effectively than marijuana.
The safest choice is to avoid all types of marijuana at all times when pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
More Facts about Marijuana Use and Pregnancy:
- Using marijuana is just like cigarette smoking. It can have a large impact on baby’s growth, cause preterm labor, anemia, or admission to the hospital. Marijuana use can also lead to behavioral problems in babies and young children.
- Marijuana can affect your baby’s brain development. Marijuana is categorized as a hallucinogen. It can cause long-term changes to the baby’s brain. Marijuana use while pregnant has been linked to anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and lower test scores when an exposed baby becomes a teenager.
- Medical marijuana is never prescribed during pregnancy. It is just like any other medication you are prescribed outside of pregnancy: some medications are not safe during pregnancy. Your doctor can help you find a medication safe for use during pregnancy.
- Doctors don’t recommend using CBD oil in any dose while pregnant. CBD oil has the same characteristics as marijuana without the high. Because it is a relatively new substance, we don’t know what the effects are on an unborn child or baby.
- Just because marijuana is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. Just because something is natural, it does not mean it is safe for use during pregnancy. Anything that has a strong effect on mood, a health condition, or a symptom has risks. Marijuana is not FDA approved for use during pregnancy.
The bottom line: marijuana isn’t safe for you and your baby while you are pregnant.
Quitting marijuana is just like anything else you may have tried to stop: it’s hard at first, but there are tools and resources to support your journey. First, contact your healthcare provider. Your provider can help you create a Plan of Safe Care to help you quit using.
For support, assistance and resources, call 2-1-1 NH, the statewide portal which connects New Hampshire residents to the most up-to date resources, including family support and addiction related resources. 2-1-1 NH is staffed by specially trained Information and Referral Specialists to help you navigate a plan to reduce your harm and begin quitting for good.