“There is an increased PERCEPTION of the safety of cannabis use, even in pregnancy, without data to say it’s ACTUALLY safe.”
~Dr. Torri Metz, Denver Health Medical Center, an obstetrician specializing in high-risk pregnancies
Roughly 4% of pregnant women admit to using marijuana. It’s even higher among younger expectant mothers. 7.5% of pregnant 18-25-year-olds admit to usage. After all, it’s legal in many places, isn’t it?
Just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are also perfectly legal. It is accepted that some substance can impact fetal development. This INCLUDES marijuana:
- 3 times greater likelihood of stillbirth
- Lower birth weight
- Impaired neurodevelopment
- Abnormal function within the amygdala, the part of the brain that regulates emotion
- Interference with nerve connections in the cerebral cortex – the brain region responsible for memory and problem-solving skills
This impaired development continues after birth. Benchmarks for in-utero marijuana exposure:
- Age 6: Decreased understanding of concepts in reading or listening
- Age 10: Poor impulse control, impaired focus/attention
- Age 14: Lower scores in reading, spelling, and math
THC can be passed along in utero or after birth, through breastmilk. Dr. Tibor Harkany, a neuroscientist who serves as Chair of the Department of Molecular Neurosciences at the Center for Brain Research at the Medical University of Vienna, says, “Our advice is that (pregnant) women should avoid marijuana.”
If you are pregnant and finding it difficult to quit using marijuana, Lasting Recovery outpatient drug rehab in San Diego can help. You can learn how to regain control and make better choices for yourself and your child.