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Cannabis use in pregnancy has been linked with negative birth outcomes and brain development issues. But some people find the risk may be worth the trade-off of experiencing serious anxiety or nausea. Pregnant with questions? Submit your question to Anna anonymously here for nonjudgmental answers.
Earlier this year, I went so-called “Cali sober,” cutting back on alcohol and introducing more marijuana. It’s been a really positive change, with my focus, sleep, and even social life benefiting.
Now, I’m pregnant (yay!), but I don’t really want to ditch my edibles — some of my friends say they’ve helped with morning sickness, and I’d still like the option of enjoying a little buzz here and there over the next nine months. But I know there’s research showing potentially harmful effects to the fetus, and I obviously don’t want to hurt my baby.
Seems like everything (meats, coffee, and even plastics you can’t control) poses a risk in pregnancy. How bad is marijuana really?
— Jen, California
Congratulations on your pregnancy! And for making the healthy change away from booze, something we know can lead to permanent physical, intellectual, and behavioral disabilities in babies if consumed when pregnant.
It’s also pretty clear that tobacco use during pregnancy can increase the risk of premature birth, birth defects, and even infant death.