“Prenatal cannabis disrupts synapses (nerve connections) critical for higher order executive and cognitive function.”
~Dr. Yasmin Hurd, a neuroscientist at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital
Marijuana use among pregnant women – especially among younger mothers-to-be – is becoming a cause for concern. While only 2% of pregnant women age 26 and older use marijuana, that number jumps to 7.5% for those ages 18-25.
A decade ago, across-the-board usage by pregnant women was approximately 2.5%
In Colorado, where marijuana has been legal since 2012, the Department of Public Health and Environment put out the following warning –
“Marijuana is now legal for adults over 21. But this doesn’t mean it is safe for pregnant moms or babies.”
Now that recreational marijuana is also legal in California, let’s separate fact from fiction:
FICTION #1: “It’s legal, so it must be safe.”
FACT: Tobacco and alcohol are legal. Both can harm your baby. So can marijuana.
FICTION #2: “It’s natural, so it must be safe.”
FACT: Not all natural substances are safe – poison ivy, for example.
FICTION #3: “It’s used as medicine, so it must be safe.”
Not all medicines are safe during pregnancy. In fact, it can be UNSAFE to use many medicines if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The Facts versus Fiction will continue with Part 2.
If are pregnant but can’t stop using marijuana, Lasting Recovery outpatient drug rehab in San Diego can help you learn how to make safer choices for yourself and your unborn child.