Marijuana Smoke

Elizabeth - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I know this will be a very touchy subject!!!.... but is there anyone out there who smoked weed during their pregnancy? I have a friend who cannot seem to quit smoking weed, she smokes it everyday 3 or more times a day. She says she needs it because it helps with her morning sickness and helps her to feel hungry, with out it she will not really eat anything until she gets the munchies. She is also smoking cigarettes, I know she wants to quit, but I don't know how I can help her.
If anyone can give me some feedback on how their pregnancy went while smoking weed, or any advice on how to quit I would love to hear it...

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Dana - posted on 10/07/2011

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There is no evidence showing that smoking marijuana is harmful to a developing fetus. I have actually read a lot on this subject because I am a marijuana smoker myself. I personally did not smoke marijuana during my pregnancy but I did have some edibles including cookies. One study that I found particularly interesting and reliable is .....

Sativa - posted on 02/07/2010

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Ok. I am going to be honest here so I would really appreciate that nobody yell at me. When I was pregnant with my first, I quit smoking pot but couldn't give up cigs for 5 months. She was born at 7 lbs even and vey healthy. The only problem showed up when se was about 7 months old. She had chronic sinus infections. I can't completly say that Cigs were the cause, but maybe. With my second I quit smoking cigs at about 2 months along, but I kept smokin pot thru the whole pregnancy. I was in a lot of pain and lost a lot of my mobility. The pot helped me sleep. Now, I have never been what you would call a heavy pot smoker. I only smoked a little at night to sleep. She was born at 8 lbs and has never had any health issues. With my third, I am ashamed to say that I smoked both lightly all thru my pregnancy. She was born small at 5 lbs and 13oz. She has also had massive health issues such as chronic ear infections that caused her the loss of her hearing from the age of 3 months to 14 months. Because of constant antibiotics, we dealt with numerous other health and digestive issues. This is what makes me think that Cigs caused the sinus infections in my first. It is really my opinion that pot doesn't cause any real harm, but cigs do. Please let your friend read this. From one mom to another, She needs to do everything she can to give up tobacco. I know people are more worried about pot because it is illegal. But truthfully, it is tobacco that is the real damage causer. Please tell your friend that for the health of her child that cigs gotta go. Don't worry about the pot.

Siobhan - posted on 10/03/2011

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hi there my name is siobhan im 20 and i am 11 weeks pregnant. this is my 2nd pregnancy as my first resulted in miscarrage. the doctor was unsure why my baby had no heartbeat at 5 weeks and told me that it happens to many women my age with their first pregnancys. im not sure if he was just trying to comfort me but he also told me i can do everything i normally do when i am not pregnant, (ie. wrestle around with my husband or clean and paint and lift things)..i am a very heavy pot smoker and have smoked pot everyday for over 3 years now. since being pregnant i haev not quit as i am finding it so hard to quit so i have cut back to once when i wake up once in the middle of the day and once before bedtime. i have never smoked cigarettes in my life so that is a plus for me. i understand that any kind of smoke inhalation is not good for my growing baby but so far all of my check ups have been healthy and my baby is already very active.i have another check up in a few days and am hoping everythign is o.k. i will talk to my doctor to see if there is any natural remedies to help me quit smoking pot on my own and i will take those into consideration. from reading theese posts i am very uncertain weather it was 100% bad for my baby or not. i wish there was more information about smoking pot while pregnant.

Sarah - posted on 02/06/2010

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Have her check into a rehab place. If weed is found in baby's blood when born DHS will remove the child from her care.

Samantha - posted on 02/06/2010

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I would not advise anyone smoking pot while pregnant. If she is receiving state medical insurance, they can and likely will test her when she has her checkups, and she runs the risk of losing her baby if it shows that she has been using marijuana while pregnant. Alot of people support it for the reasons you mentioned. It can cure nausea, and give someone the urge to eat, which is why they often presribe it to people with aids and people going through chemotherapy. The bad thing is that there hasnt really been enough testing done to tell how good or bad it is to a pregnant woman. It very well could be harmless, and it may be worse than alcohol, there just isnt enough solid research to tell for sure. And as far as a newborn baby is concerned, it is up to the mother to accomodate the fetus. As soon as you get pregnant, darn near every choice you make should consider the baby growing inside of you. There is no need to put someone else life at risk, now matter how miserable you are. If she is sick, tell here to deal with it. The good news is that it all ends in 9 months.

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Lillian - posted on 08/18/2013

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KIRSTENE! Youre dumb. You DIDNT SMOKE POT. You just tried to ABORT YOUR BABY WITHOUT HAVING AN ABORTION. People like you are a discrace. The alcohol& pills you did were the reason your baby has a hole in her heart. You dont deserve to have children.

Jessie - posted on 10/08/2011

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I guess I would do what you can to advise her that you just don't know what it can do to your baby. I know as a mom if something was wrong with my child (even if I didn't smoke cigs or pot, which I don't) I would wonder what I did. If I did do those things I would feel very responsible and it would be very hard to live with those consequences. Anything you smoke the baby gets and while your baby could be lucky and not have any effects taking that chance shouldn't be a risk willing to take. I don't judge anyone who has done it but don't think anyone should really advise it either (not saying anyone on here has). If you, or in this case your friend, are having some issues def. talk to your dr. before smoking to get all the facts that they can offer.

Anitta - posted on 02/08/2010

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i was told not to give up smoking cigarettes as it would stress the baby, so i cut back, none of mine were under 7 lb and none with any health problems. i did hae a friend who was a chronic pot smoker and used the excuse that it helped with morning sickness but she threw up when she wasnt pregnant, it was withdrawals. both of her children were very under weight. your friend really should watch what she puts into her body cause that is where her baby is. i was lucky

Shannon - posted on 02/06/2010

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There is no known proof that smoking weed while pregnant is harmfull to the baby. I quit smoking when I found out anyway because I wasn't sure. I've read several articles that say "This COULD happen" but there isn't any actual evidence to prove it causes damage. One of my friends got pregnant and quit drinking, smoking (both) and popping pills. Her baby was born water in his brain, a mis-shaped skull and under-developed lungs. And she was completely sober the whole time. I have another friend, she has 3 children, she couldn't smoke cigarettes while pregnant with her first 2 because it made her very sick but she did smoke while pregnant with her youngest and he was/is her biggest and healthiest child. My sister's friend couldn't eat or drink anything while she was pregnant or she would throw it up, taking pills wouldn't help because she would just vomit them, so every morning she would wake up and smoke a joint so that she could actually eat throughout the day. Her baby was completely healthy and is now 13yrs old and doing great, makes straight 'A's in school and all that. I read an article just the other day about a study that some Candian researchers are about to undergo to study the effects of smoking weed while pregnant.

Anyways, it's basically your own choice. Do what you think is right but you have to live with the effects so be prepared to take resposibility.

Kirstene - posted on 02/06/2010

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hi, im kirstene, 24 years old, a mom of a 10 months old baby girl.. oh yes this is a very touchy subject, especially there's a baby involve!.. when i read "marijuana smoke" oh my god! what's the matter with this mother to be?...
i'll share you my story, when i got pregnant i was not really ready for it! i thought i'll be gone crazy, & i really don't know what to do!.. there's no one to talk to, no one can help me.. i'm so afraid to tell my parents all about it. i thought of aborting it, i drank pills, smoke cigarettes as long as i want, i drank liquor maybe 5 times a week. but the baby in my womb was so strong, i didn't lose her. i'd even fell down from the stairs. but the only thing i didn't do is to smoke weed while i'm pregnant. although i used to when i'm 20 years old. but it didn't came to my mind when those days i'm troubled.. even though i didn't like the baby in my womb, i really didn't smoke weed.
maybe my conscience bothered me...
that maybe one day when the time comes i realized i'm wrong upon doing all those bad things to the baby & started to love her, what if something had happen wrong to the baby? what if the baby became abnormal, or some of the body parts deformed?.. how can we take that?... of course, we parents want our children to have normal lives! but how could that happen when we're the one who's taking that wonderful things out of them?.. i really wish your friend would stop herself from smoking weed or even cigarette..

i smoke cigar & drank liquor for 5 months,
then my parents learned i'm pregnant.
they accepted it & i already stop from smoking & drinking alcoholic drinks.
after that i took vitamins for me & my baby,
i slept early, & eat om time.
for me to make this short, i already take care of myself as well as my baby too!!

when i gave birth,
can you guess what happened to my baby?...

she got a congenital heart disease...
she has a hole in her heart...
and it really broke my heart!!!
i cried & cried after i knew bout it!
but i have to stay strong for my daughter,
and for that i can't forgive myself until now...

i hope you can make her stop smoking!
pls, if your really concerned, especially to the baby!

i promise if she won't stop it, she'll regret it.
i just shared to you my situation.
i hope you can get something in it.
good luck to both of you. and have a good day!

Katrina - posted on 02/06/2010

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One of my friends smoked weed all the way through her pregnancy and had a miscarriage. I heard that smoking weed can cause this. If possible she needs to stop smoking weed and to try and quit smoking. When i fell pregnant i still smoked for the first couple of weeks but then quit when i found out the effects it can have on a baby, it made me feel extremely guilty and so I went cold turkey. It is difficult but it can be done. As for smoking weed to relieve sickness from what I gather it just makes you feel sick and disorientated which would just make her feel worse.

Amber - posted on 02/06/2010

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While it certainly isn't ideal to smoke anything during pregnancy, I confess that I did smoke a bit of weed during the last trimester. My reasoning, and I explained this to my Doctor who was totally okay with it, was that my stress levels were extremely high and I needed *something* to help with it. Pregnancy isn't easy for some women... in fact it can be a damn nightmare. I was one of those women. I tried anxiety meds, anti depressants and many other remedies but nothing was considered "safe." After doing a ton of research I found that the most harmful thing about cannabis was the smoke. The drug itself has very little effect on the fetus as very little of it can actually get through the placenta. If your friend can't quit, ask her to try ingesting it instead. That way you aren't dealing with all the yucky smoke byproducts like tar, but still get the benefit of the drug. She could also try a tincture (which unfortunately contains a small amount of alcohol), or she could try a vaporizer (which is very expensive but the safest alternative).

I was a very light cannabis smoker during my pregnancy. My Doctor knew this and, after explaining to her my situation, was totally fine with it. My son turned out beautiful with not a single problem (as we all expected anyway). Here's some good links for you or your friend to look at:

http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/ca...
http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/fact... **This is the best one
http://safeaccess.ca/research/

Carol - posted on 02/06/2010

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I have known wlot of people to smoke when they where pregnant and for the most part i have not heard about any major problems. But I have a firend the smoke ciggs and the doctor told her being she had smoked so many years that if she stopped it was cause the baby to go into shock with her body going through with drawls. BUT I DONT ADVISE anyone to smoke when they are pregnant!!

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Can she not take Marinol in pill form? It will give her all the benefits of smoking pot, but she won't be smoking anything. I don't know about Marinol use during pregnancy, but it's got to be better than smoking.

Theresia - posted on 02/06/2010

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I know quite a few women who smoked both while pregnant, their babies were very healthy and no withdraw, NOT RECOMMENDING that anyone do this, and I think it makes you a great friend that you are trying to help her, Just share your concerns with her about her and her childs health. If you are really worried maybe look up some old home remedies to help with the sickness and if she wont eat without having the munchies she might be depressed. If she is going to quit smoking she needs to do it gradually because It could cause the baby the go into shock if she quits cold turkey or so Ive heard from doctors. Good Luck and remember you are a great friend

Darcy - posted on 02/06/2010

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Oh my! Your right, this is gonna be a very touchy subject! I'm a smoker, and the minute I took a test that said I was pregnant, I quit! I don't think 9 months out of your life is a lot to ask for to bring a healthy baby into this world. In high school, a friend of mine continued to smoke both cigarettes and weed ( and I'm almost positive, doing other things ) and her baby was born with a hole in his heart. I quit talking to her when I found this out. If you know it's harmful to a grown adult, why do it when you know there is this little person "growing" inside of you, and he/she doesn't have a choice to smoke?! I've also known other people who's baby's were born fine, but other's whos babies were born with their tongues not being able to extend fully, so they had troubles eating or other things wrong with them. Why take the risk, you know?? Aren't we as parents supposed to give our children the best advantage at having a good, healthy life? I would ask her some of these questions. And the whole excuse of being sick and that weed helps her eat, is a crock of crap. I was sick for almost 5 months with my twins, and you just deal with it. There are things out there that are supposed to help with the sickness, but I don't think smoking weed is one of them. =) I really hope your friend can look at the big picture and the life of her newborn baby not being dependent on any type of drugs. You know, that baby is going to withdrawal once it's born, and she's gonna have one heck of a time calming him down! Just a few things to keep in mind....let her know that you care about her and her unborn baby, and maybe be that support system for her to quit! Good luck!

Amy - posted on 02/06/2010

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I know exactly how u feel, because my best friend smoked weed while she was pregnant too.. I cringed the whole time she was pregnant, although I suppose it could have been worse, if she had been drinking or whatever.. but thankfully her baby turned out just fine, she is 3 years old now, and is perfectly healthy.. Definately wouldn't recommend it tho :(

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