Pregnant Mothers Are Smoking Weed To Treat Morning Sickness But Isn't It Bad For The Baby?

Nov 24, 2015 11:10 AM EST | By Maria Leonila Masculino

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Some pregnant mothers smoke cannabis claiming it is safer to treat morning sickness than prescribed drugs. But is it healthy for the baby? We're afraid not.

Metro UK reports some mommies have spoken up to Vice.com about the relieving effects of smoking weed during pregnancy especially in struggling with morning sickness.

"I had morning sickness and I know that it's normal for women to lose weight from it, but I just really didn't like the idea of my baby going without nutrients, so I did smoke to help with my appetite and to make sure I wasn't throwing up everything I ate," one mom claimed.

Another one said, "I was initially against the idea of it, mainly because of the stigma surrounding smoking while pregnant. However, after three weeks of keeping almost nothing down and craving a sandwich... I smoked for the first time. Just a couple hits. I sat back, ate half a sandwich, and it didn't come back up! I think I napped after. I smoked a few more times after that because I was still puking almost every 20 to 40 minutes during weeks four through 15 and had lost about 20 pounds. When I smoked, I could eat and nap. It helped keep food down and was better than Zofran. Honestly a life saver."

Last week, the American Medical Association pushed for warnings against pot smoking on labels saying, "Marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding poses potential harms."

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Human studies have shown that some babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancies respond differently to visual stimuli, tremble more, and have a high-pitched cry, which could indicate problems with neurological development."

The AMA reported those who use cannabis during pregnancy are prone to suffer health problems such as pre-mature birth, low birth weight, and attention disorders for children.

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