If you are expecting, or even just considering starting a family, chances are that you’ve received extensive counseling from family, friends, and doctors on what you should and should not do to keep you and your future baby healthy. Where does marijuana play into this list of pregnancy do’s and don’ts?
Most people know that alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy. In contrast, using marijuana while pregnant represents more of a gray area–studies have shown that women rarely receive counseling on marijuana use from their healthcare providers (Bayrampour et al, Prev Med, 2019). Although marijuana may seem less dangerous to use while pregnant compared to a substance such as alcohol, we know several things for certain. First, marijuana is capable of crossing the placenta during pregnancy, which means it can enter your unborn child’s circulation and impact fetal development. Second, marijuana can be found in breast milk, meaning it can have effects on the health of your child even after they’ve been born.
Whether you are pregnant and contemplating marijuana use, or actively using marijuana and contemplating pregnancy, it’s wise to be aware of the possible consequences.