When a woman is carrying a child, her life is always at risk. This is because she is no longer just looking after her own well-being but her child’s safety as well. Which is why women are encouraged to get regular pre-natal check ups from their obstetrician as well as take their pre-natal vitamins. Pregnant women are also highly advised not to do anything that could cause harm to their unborn child such as drinking alcohol, caffeine, smoke cigarettes and do other forms of drugs. Which is why it totally shocked everyone when a new study reveals how pregnant women seem to be finding comfort in using pot, continue reading to find out more.
MARIJUANA COMFORTS EXPECTING MOTHERS
It is indeed very surprising to read this kind of news, the words pregnancy and marijuana shouldn’t even be on the same sentence. A study was conducted by a group of researchers from the Journal of the American Medical Association, where they discovered that in 2016 there is 7 percent of pregnant women in California who are actually using marijuana and not just because they simply feel like getting high but because it apparently makes them feel better since it is easing their morning sickness as well as their anxiety. The study also found that this is common to expectant mothers who are still in their teenage years up to their mid twenties. This only involved some women in California, however, another research was done just in the beginning of the year that the number of expectant mother all over the United States, ages 18 to 44, who uses marijuana actually increased from 2.37 percent to 3.85 percent.
HOW MARIJUANA USE COULD AFFECT THE MOTHER AND THE UNBORN CHILD
Experts from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention warns that marijuana usage may cause serious effects on the unborn child. It is still unclear since this is not exactly a normal practice but according to doctors, the chemicals that are found in marijuana such as what they call as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, may actually go into the fetus system and it might affect the child’s growth. The doctors and researchers from the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologists actually believes that women who are expecting a child or those who they they are actually pregnant must stop or must not try using marijuana while they are with child, this is even if they are actually using it for medical purposes. This is all because there is not enough research or study that would back up any idea how exactly marijuana usage could affect the unborn child inside a woman’s womb.
The participants of the research which are women ages 12 and up who are actually with child are said to be using marijuana for medical purposes. One of the authors of the study, clinical psychologist from Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Dr. Kelly Young-Wolff actually said that it is very concerning indeed to find out that these women are using marijuana and that more and more women are doing it as if it is a normal practice. Marijuana usage has actually been legal in California since 1996 but experts says that just because this is legal does not mean that expecting women are encouraged to use it.
APPROVED AND HEALTHIER WAYS TO EASY MORNING SICKNESS
One of the major reasons why most women from the research are using marijuana is because it apparently soothes them and ease their morning sickness. Morning sickness is a part of the earliest stages of pregnancy so technically it is completely normal for women to feel nauseous most of the time or especially if they are smelling something that they don’t like. Marijuana has never been recommended by any Obstetrician to help with morning sickness so it is not something that pregnant women must not try. There are far more effective and safer ways to bring some relief to yourself.
According to an interview with Dr. Mara Francis by Parents, women doesn’t always have to suffer from it and those who usually do are recommended to try natural remedies and if those don’t work they are prescribed by traditional medications. Dr. Francis said that adding ginger to tea would definitely help, as well as eating something sour like drinking lemon water or eating some sour candies.